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The Moral Corruption of Capitalism

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The Moral Corruption of Capitalism

The Bible says "thou shalt not kill"
now proudly join the army lad, and go kill,
come back home, and follow your Bible again.

O middle class, your fathers built your homes
with union help, now disperse those union halls
and happily work for minimum wage, six days a week,
chant bribed politicians working for hidden oligarchs
reaping 100 million dollar bonuses, crowded apartments
will suffice.

O Appalachians, your once proud mountaintops now
miles of desert, debauched by profiteers, unbridled by
regulations written by lobbyists, clothed in frothing
chemicals, drowning your despair in burgeoning liquor
stores.

O beautiful blufflands, along my Mississippi,
 I see you now, your royal crowns
decapitated,
your limestone sand greedily slurped by
frac-monster gargoyles wearing saville row suits,
entombed in New York skyscrapers.

O broken occupiers, etch your days in Heaven, 
on your jail cell wall.
Truths, all truths, build slowly,
but truth must fight on, for your children's children
will know you tried to save our people and planet!

...we must fight on!

                            ....we will!


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  1. Date: 5/25/2013 10:13:00 PM
    A perfect way to create something beautiful from the ugly truth, I enjoyed this write! Katei

  1. Date: 8/11/2012 5:31:00 AM
    I am assuming you are following this Libor rate banking scandal? I was wondering where the money they are getting fined is going? Light & Love

  1. Date: 8/10/2012 2:32:00 AM
    Jimmy, I see you pen does still labor to enrich the masses with the better meaning of the dream. Bravo. Thanks for your encouragment on Jamaica's Olympic Tribute, it is the celebration of a liberation story. One love, my visionary friend, our armies are words, and we keep them in the trenches until we depart. Great write

  1. Date: 7/28/2012 7:30:00 AM
    A strong and powerful poem James - well done like always. - Have a lovely weekend. - oxox Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 7/28/2012 6:04:00 AM
    Sad that bad things have happened to our country..Around here many of the jobs are gone and the plants have been torn down..People have to go out of this town to find work..Doris is doing okay..She came down here on Thursday..She is having some problems but that is to be expected..I told her what you said..Sara

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    Date: 8/10/2012 2:36:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Sara, a great nation cannot be sustined on an insular vision ... too many do not understand the energy that drives an empire comes from without. I am sorry for all the human suffering, and pray eyes and heart are opened.
  1. Date: 7/24/2012 2:42:00 AM
    John Muir, Anna Merz, and one of my favorite...Wallace Stenger, would all agree with you dear poet....as myself ! Great write my friend ! Have a wonderful week....much love, james

  1. Date: 7/21/2012 8:06:00 AM
    Powerful imagery here, Jim. Excellent descriptive write. Enjoyed. Love, Kim