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Wednesday, March 07, 2012


by Erle Kelly

Plutocrat’s wages to worker’s 400 : 1.
“Tug on your bootstraps,” the rich reply,
as boots are put on foreign soil
and drones survey the enemy sky.

All-male panels make war on the vagina
while the penis still wears the crown,
as drones survey the enemy sky
and boots are put on foreign ground.

Neo-cons would voucher away people’s health:
“Healthcare is a privilege, not a right,”
as boots are put on the ground
and drones watch over the enemy, day and night.

Corporations are ruled as individuals.
Now corporate maneuvers make profits abound
as drones hover over the enemy sky
and boots are put on the ground.

We’re that shining city on the hill,
an empire with exceptional flair,
with heavy footprints on foreign soil
and drones to survey the enemy’s air.

Erle Kelly lives in Long Beach California and attended California State University at Long Beach.  He attends a poetry workshop conducted by Donna Hilbert, a renowned writer and poet in the Southern California area and in the UK.