The Unknown Citizen
He was found by the Bureau of Statistics to be
One against whom there was no official complaint,
And all the reports on his conduct agree
That, in the modern sense of an old-fashioned word,
…..he was a saint,
For in everything he did he served the
Except for the war till the day he retired
He worked in a factory and never got fired,
But satisfied him employers, Fudge Motors, Inc.
Yet he wasn't a scab or odd in his views,
For his union reports that he paid his dues,
(Our report on his union shows it was sound)
And our Social Psychology workers found
That he was popular with his mates and liked a drink.
The press are convinced he bought a paper evey day
And that his reactions to advertisements were normal
…..in every way.
Policies taken out in his name prove that he was
And his Health-card shows he was once in hospital
…..but left it cured.
Both producers Research and High Grade Living declare
He was fully sensible to the advantages of the
And had everything necessary to the Modern Man,
A gramophone, a radio, a car and a Frigidaire.
Our researchers into Public Opinion are content
That he held the proper opinion for the time of year;
When there was peace, he was for peace;
…..when there was war, he went.
He was married and added five children to
Which our Eugenist says was the right number for
…..a parent of his generation,
And our teachers report that he never interfered
…..with their education.
Was he free? Was he happy? The question is absurd:
Had anything been wrong, we should certainly
by W.H. Auden