The butcher’s fat thumb

leans heavily on the scale

when serving customer’s

he doesn’t like.

In order to keep his job,

an accountant shaves

the company’s income

reported to the IRS.

When treated rudely,

an irate motorist speeds away

without paying for his gas.

A discount dollar store

sells cookies with altered

expiration dates.

Points of purchase signs

in markets can’t be posted

without a thickly greased palm.

When contracts are awarded,

a politician looks the other way

with a stuffed envelope in his hand.

At a real estate closing,

lawyers huddle in another room

when unreported cash

is used to buy a million dollar home.

There’s more than a bit of larceny

in us all.