Minimum Achiever, for years forlorn,
Grew grey and fat and out of fashion;
She wore the jeans she'd always worn,
And swore with passion.
Minimum loved the days gone by
When wars were wrong and songs were moving;
With files from the FBI,
What was she proving?
Minimum sighed for what had been
And bitched and moaned how nothing lasted;
She longed for one more great love-in,
And dropping acid.
Minimum mourned the hippie years,
The counterculture's zest and freedom;
She mourned ideals—her sell-out peers
Didn't seem to need 'em.
Minimum loved her artsy friends,
And swore that she would start achieving;
Her starts were great, but had no ends
And left her grieving.
Minimum cursed the worthless game
And gave it up instead of trying;
She missed her fifteen minutes' fame,
But wasn't crying.
Minimum scorned the job she sought,
But how could she survive without it?
Minimum thought, and thought, and thought,
And thought about it.
Minimum Achiever, starting late,
Started out by hesitating;
Minimum knew she shouldn't wait,
And kept on waiting.
Causes Peggy Landsman Supports
Green Peace, Pro Literacy Worldwide, International Planned Parenthood, Doctors without Borders, National Jewish Health