For the Common Good
Kathy Chencharik
South Royalston

We’d like to build a pipeline
Running through your neighborhood
A natural gas pipeline
And it’s for the common good.

This pipeline’s sorely needed
Buried deep beneath the loam
Earthquake warnings won’t be heeded
And some folks may lose their home.

We’ll use eminent domain
‘Cause in case you didn’t know
It’s for the common good
Like Quabbin towns lost long ago.

There may be some pollution
‘Neath the ground or in the air
Water contamination
But that’s neither here nor there.

We may need to clear-cut trees
Scatter wildlife through the wood
And destroy endangered species
But it’s for the common good.