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The Knacker

The lot
of most
of mankind
throughout all of history
has been abject poverty.
Not the artificial kind
designed by advertising
instigated by insufficient quantities
of de rigueur commodities,
but from the reality
of the eternal, relentless
of the flesh --
  and exposure
to the elements.
Subtraction from
healthcare, food aid
and home heating assistance
in the Killing Floor U.S. Budget
showcases the depraved indifference
of the wealthy and corporations
who have purchased tax cuts and subsidies
with pounds of flesh incised from the poor
prior to knocking them to their knees
for slaughter
in the economic abattoir
by means of the eternal, relentless
of the flesh --
  and exposure
to the elements
   from which The New Deal
  and Labor Unions
  delivered us.
Demons of Greed and Depravity
  currently control
inciting each me in We The People
to abandon solidarity
for a chance to gaze down in exquisite contempt
on the mass of struggling humanity.
But since this small, exclusive Fraternity of the Few
has not enough room for most of the many,
this simply insures their self-destruction
and their ongoing submission to tyranny
fettered by the eternal, relentless
of the flesh --
and exposure
   to the elements.
"The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress." 
--  Frederick Douglass

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Vi's works appear widely both in print and online. She conducts Poetry Workshops and gives readings in Central New York. Her latest chapbook is "Sine Qua Non Antiques (an Arcanum of History, Geography and Treachery).

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There is not one part of this opinion that differe... by Vi Ransel on Saturday, Apr 20, 2013 at 3:38:09 PM