Poem: News from the Home Front
of shamelessness. Jerry Brown is not embarrassed to be the Prison Industry’s boy in Sacramento, and so
we should not be embarrassed to have elected him to lead us and protect us
from druggies, who Brown prefers to leave behind bars, the better to improve the bottom line
of his patrons in the Incarceration Business.
of slavery, in which children are sold like cattle, sacred cows who labor with opposable thumbs. This kind of thing
happens, you know, so we should not be embarrassed to organize our life around acquiring and consuming
goods and services
brought to us by nicely remunerated slave drivers.
Or look to the sun, into the blazing white. Or at the moon, the same moon slaves of yore gazed up at, searching for deliverance.
Or should you wish to revolt, to reject the accepted and acceptable imperative to get and to spend, to demean and exploit, to win, to live in “abundance,” to own someone else —
in that case, you could look inward.