A satire on a particular type of officer of Pakistan Railways. Apologies to all that don’t belong to that type.
See, all our Seniors begging to be Slaves!
See, all our Juniors aspiring to be Knaves
The Wit of Cheats, the Courage of a Whore,
Are what all of them envy and adore.
All, all look up, with reverential Awe,
On crimes that escape, or triumph over the Law:
While Truth, Worth, Wisdom daily they deny
‘Nothing is Sacred now but Corruption.’
Yet may this verse (if such verse remain)
Show there was one who held it in disdain.
(Alexander Pope’s modified verse on Satire)
In satire, vices, follies, abuses, and shortcomings are held up to ridicule, ideally with the intent of shaming individuals, and society itself into improvement …. often professes to approve of (or at least accept as natural) the very things the satirist wishes to attack.