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If We Don’t

We have to know

this meant something.  These past fifteen months

of cloying

at the seams.

This new sadness

for our bodies.

This broken

society, which you won’t hear about

on State TV,

with its touts

of diversity

and woke corporate

insignia.

It is a cover.  Like scented candles

in an open air market,

the selling off

of roads and bridges, buying up

of residential neighborhoods.

We have won the culture wars,

but lost the land, and racial inequity

is the means and the end.

We have to know

this meant something.

All this talk

of universal policy!

of new priorities. 

A megalomaniacal

health care system,

unable to respond.

If we don’t believe that we are

entitled to health care

as a human right, we will

never achieve 

universal health care.

If we don’t believe

that we are entitled to 

decent wages

and working conditions,

millions of us

will continue to

live in poverty.

If we don’t believe that we are

entitled to all of the education

we require

to fulfill our dreams, many of us

will leave schools

saddled with huge debt,

or never get

the education we need.

If we don’t believe

that we are entitled to

live in a world that has a clean

environment and is not

ravaged by climate change,

we will continue to see more drought,

floods, rising sea levels, an increasingly

uninhabitable planet.  If we do not

believe that we are entitled

to live in a world of justice,

democracy and fairness,

without racism, sexism, homophobia,

xenophobia or religious bigotry,

we will continue to have 

massive income and wealth inequality,

prejudice and hatred, mass incarceration,

terrified immigrants, and hundreds of thousands

of Americans sleeping out on the streets

in the richest country

on Earth.  We hold tight to the wind - 

set not

to become

traitors

to time.




Posted 07/03/21
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