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Wednesday, February 11, 2009


by Mary Kathryn Morgeneier

Arts are swept
as if clutter
left after a party

Mere frivolity amid
matters more serious-
an economic leech

In these hard times
it is now, more than ever
important to teach

It is more urgent now
In these hard times
to speak out

Of the poem
that helped you reach
to be better

And the painting
which gave you courage
to go on

Of the song
that sang out truth
and justice

Hear us politicians
We demand economic
stimulus for the arts!

Mary Kathryn Morgeneier lives in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania and co-hosts the Steel City Coffeehouse gathering of the Mad Poets Society on first Tuesdays. Her poetry has been previously published in Trend Magazine, New Verse News, Mad Poets Review and other local outlets.