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PLEONEXIA (For Whom the Bell Tolls)

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 PLEONEXIA

(For Whom the Bell Tolls)

 

These bastards have been around the block before.
This time the parasites planned ahead.
Laws have been passed. Detention camps built
for when their feeding on us drives us over the edge.

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This time around there won’t be a New Deal.
This deal’s called Take It or Leave It.
There’s no limit now to how far you can fall.
The Social Safety Net has proved too inconvenient.

Lessons The People should have learned
have been erased from our history books.
All society’s gains since the Gilded Age
have been revoked by Enron-style crooks.

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This is not their Robber Baron grandfathers’
blatant, in-your-face mass homicide.
Today’s Masters of Capitalism’s Necropolis
are engineering a relentless, slow-growing auto-genocide.

People living on the knife edge of the Global Economy
have little to live for and nothing to lose.
Given time they may unite to protest, strike or riot
or, worst of all, they may decide to choose

to demand a genuine democracy
so they must continue to be divided and conquered,
set on one another like pit bulls
and convinced they created their own problems

with the unwise lifestyle choices they made
from the consumer buffet provided by the Rich,
never seeing those choices as part of a system
the Rich designed to enable them to shift

the wealth and the power to those on the top,
the risk and responsibility to those on the bottom
and confiscate all of society’s property
unto the very air, the earth and the water

appropriating a greater and greater portion of the value
produced by the labor of working women and men,
while entrapping them in a tar pit of self-destructive choices
making willing accomplices of capitalism’s victims,

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who are force fed competitive, consumer “values”
like willing, silly obedient geese.
Most of the American People are one giant pate’
ready to be consumed by the financial elite.

Since 2/3 of humanity’s now superfluous
due to globalization’s relentless concentration,
the Rich require only the last third of us
to stay alive in order to serve and to maintain them.

Like 2/3 of the world’s people, 2/3 of the world’s work
is unnecessary, hamster wheel-like activity,
done merely to feed the need to earn to consume
the results of our increased productivity

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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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