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You hand down

Your zero sum logic


Like a list of rules

Etched in titanium


I say you are playing a game of chess

With many lives


Don't play it with mine you slime-ball

I'm not your pawn


You think there is only one winner

Think about it


Your logic is your drum

I hear your drumming


(You kill

Killing gets easier


You exploit

Exploiting gets easier


You get drunk on yourself

It only gets easier)


You think its OK to mess with the world

It's all black and white to you


But don't mess with me

By your logic even war


Is a zero sum enterprise

That's a laugh!


You think that competition

Is zero sum


Why haven't you learned anything?

I don't understand


Why haven't you learned anything?

Yesterday I found a slug on my lettuce


By killing the slug

I am playing your zero sum game


I win for my lettuce

So I have lettuce in my salad


The slug loses everything

When I kill him for my salad


That is why he slimes my thumb

To warn me to play fair


The slug hears a different drum

This summer I hear the drumming


You have been playing chess

With my world too long


My logic is win-win

My medicine animal


Is sliming your chessboard

Checkmate


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Gary Lindorff is a poet, writer, blogger and author of five nonfiction books, three collections of poetry, "Children to the Mountain", "The Last recurrent Dream" (Two Plum Press), "Conversations with Poetry (coauthored with Tom Cowan), and (more...)
 

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