smaller and smaller paychecks

“Living Wage: A Satire of History Repeating”

crack
of overseers whip, multi-thronged
bloody slaves
spoils of conquest, sold
to state

by chariot
by elephant
by longboat
by horse
by

deception and lies, have monuments been raised on
skeletons of ancestors
rotting flesh, multi-hued, murdered for wealth
cached in tombs, plundered from temples, torn
from mines and smelted in
bronze
lead
copper

iron
shackles of losing sides, bitter harvest of cellular treasure
mixed blood flows
tribal councils, locked behind gates of thorns, don wealth
of bangles and beads, met with gunpowder and cannon
forcible redistribution of
silk
tea
spice

opium
dreams consuming mercy none found, harsh addiction of
trade imbalance wars
palaces in marbled splendor rise anew, class blurs with
possibilities of mass commerce and production lines
cause hope for many in
steel
rubber
nylon

plastic
injection molding, heaped piles of toys, profits greater
than gold ingots melted
standard, paper future mortgaged with frenzied purchase
inflating costs, bloated companies replacing kings, palaces
of consumption

crack
of managerial tongue, sarcastic and cruel
worker drones
few benefits, dismissed
to starve
politicians campaign
waters rise
sound bites
snap

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3 thoughts on “smaller and smaller paychecks

  1. The profundity in this startles and amazes me. Structurally, I love it; from an historical viewpoint, it works splendidly; on a personal level, you’ve (almost) rendered me speechless. Not an easy thing to do! 🙂

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