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is there a problem?---one 
wrong with the world
outside you?  is there 
a problem?---
sorry to interrupt,
didn’t mean to pause you
from stuffing food down your
fat american gullet---
didn’t mean to make you
think for a second,
when we all know
we all know,
you’d just rather 

now, let me ask you again…
is there a problem?
have ya heard anything today?
have ya seen anything?
would you tell the rest of us
if ya did,
or would you rather just stay 
huddled up comfortable in
your property?
holdin’ on, holdin’ on, 
holdin’ on…
hoping that when the poor have
had enough & they get 
guns, that they don’t come for
your first born
son (lol)---
a problem yet?
have ya turned on your tele today?
have ya gone outside in your 
(that is if you haven’t
separated yourself completely from
the rest of “us”)?
have ya got some coins jingling in
your pocket?
maybe that makes it easier to
have ya got some fresh new
lover who takes up all your time,
so that the rest of us just make you

have you heard of the storms that have
been destroying?
have you heard of the wages falling?
have you heard of the sick that cannot
get help?
have you heard of the people getting
hassled & imprisoned who don’t look
like you?
have you heard the sirens, the gunshots
have you heard the same talking heads 
that we’ve heard,
promising that it will get better?
have you seen the countries outside us
because of the hired killers on our payroll?
have you heard that they are killing 
themselves because they can no longer
stand it?
have you heard the death tolls that are a
direct result of our
“bringing democracy?”

if you are “in the dark”…
if you claim this is all fresh
news to you…
then you, my friend,
have a problem. 

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  1. Date: 11/20/2012 10:04:00 AM
    i like this