…. sound familiar?

The Development Set

From Graham Hancock’s book “Lords of Poverty”


Excuse me, friends, I must catch my jet-

I’m off to join the Development Set;

My bags are packed, and I’ve got all my shots,

I have travellers’ checks, and pills for the trots

The Development Set is bright and noble,

Our thoughts are deep and our vision global;

Although we move with the better classes,

Our thought are always with the masses.

In Sheraton hotels in scattered nations,

We damn multinational corporations;

Injustice seems so easy to protest,

In such seething hotbeds of social rest.

We discuss malnutrition over steaks

And plans hunger talks during coffee breaks.

Whether Asian floods or African drought,

We face each issue with an open mouth.

We bring in consultants whose circumlocution

Raises difficulties for every solution-

Thus guaranteeing good eating

By showing the need for another meeting.

The language of the Development Set

Stretches the English alphabet;

We use swell words like ‘epigenetic’,

‘Micro’, ‘Macro’ and ‘logarithmetic’.

Development Set homes are extremely chic,

Full of carvings, curios and draped with batik.

Eye-level photographs subtly assure

That your host is at home with the rich and the poor.

Enough of these verses—on with the mission!

Our task is as broad as the human condition!

Just pray to God that the biblical promise is true:

The poor ye shall always have with you.

-Ross Coggins