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The Fruits of their Labors

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The Fruits of their Labors

They used the land
like locusts
until 
they sucked it dry.

They used the rivers
like sewers
until 
they were sewers.

And the people
believed their myths
and the preacher's myths
and trusted them
and followed orders
and saluted the flag
and died in their wars
and adored the fools 
they told them to like.

And life was good.
For a while...

And when the problems
came they hated those 
who spoke the truth
and blamed the poor
and helpless ones
and the ones 
who were 
different
and glorified the rich
and powerful ones.

And they wanted 
their country 
back.

And then the
ones who owned
everything
and gave 
the orders
took
the money
and smart people
and factories
and jobs
and all the fruits of their labor
and left.

But the hate
and the violence
and the racism
and the intolerance
and the ignorance
and the poverty
and the hunger
stayed home.

And then
their country
was theirs.

For a while...

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  1. Date: 5/15/2014 9:52:00 PM
    Roy This is so deep and powerful with a lesson intertwined through each line. Thank you for the wonderful comment on my Shakespeare poem.

  1. Date: 5/12/2014 8:37:00 PM
    Roy, just reread.. This is such a powerful write and I don't come from exactly your political frame of reference but boy do you make me think.. Love it !

  1. Date: 5/7/2014 12:13:00 AM
    Roy, great poem and win.. I loved that last line!!!

  1. Date: 5/2/2014 7:48:00 AM
    Enjoyed the write. Congrats on the win, Roy

  1. Date: 5/1/2014 11:08:00 AM
    Roy... Congratulations! Enjoying every entry, ENTERED in my "Any Poem #26" contest. Always & Forever *LINDA"

  1. Date: 12/20/2013 5:07:00 PM
    So very true.

  1. Date: 12/6/2013 9:48:00 AM
    A very thought provoking piece... Well done and interesting... You're very talented!

  1. Date: 9/27/2013 12:03:00 PM
    I liked it. Good free verse, with sociological and philosophical extensions. G.

  1. Date: 6/25/2013 11:31:00 AM
    rape the land and reap what you sow.when shall we learn? nicely done.

  1. Date: 6/13/2013 10:26:00 AM
    gritty with touches of hope... just awesome in every way..:) huggs

  1. Date: 6/10/2013 4:39:00 PM
    Some of Charles Bukowski poems blow me away......and so did yours!! :)

  1. Date: 6/8/2013 5:22:00 PM
    I really like that

  1. Date: 6/8/2013 5:58:00 AM
    I was only reading about the yellow river yesterday the trouble china is in with recycling ... makes one think xx

  1. Date: 6/5/2013 10:40:00 PM
    Ah yes a hardhitting thoughtprovokin poem great to read! I hope u read mine too.

  1. Date: 5/29/2013 9:46:00 PM
    Hi Roy, AWESOME poem. I just posted a poem inspired by your contest, which is now closed. I do hope you can read it, as you motivated its creation :D I will now go back and check to see if I was able to edit my work, which is free verse... hmmm... ?? Thanks, good night, Cyndi

  1. Date: 5/26/2013 9:17:00 AM
    love this... thanks ROY for giving ur comment about my poem. it helps me a lot...have a nice day!

  1. Date: 5/26/2013 1:01:00 AM
    well, I just KNEW I had seen it before. You did really great with it!! BTW, why don't you post your limerick you made off my egg poem!! It is really great as well.

  1. Date: 5/25/2013 7:29:00 PM
    This one sounds ominously prophetic. Could be old testament historically based. Regardless, its a great poem. Roy, I tip my hat to you on this one. Jake