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  •  I've posted this very sad and angry poem before (5+ / 0-)

    but I can't help thinking of it so very often, these days.  

    The Market Economy
    by Marge Piercy

    Suppose some peddler offered
    you can have a color TV
    but your baby will be
    born with a crooked spine;
    you can have polyvinyl cups
    and wash and wear
    suits but it will cost
    you your left lung
    rotted with cancer; supposed
    somebody offered you
    a frozen precooked dinner
    every night for ten years
    but at the end
    your colon dies
    and then you do,
    slowly and with much pain.
    You get a house in the suburbs
    but you work in a new plastics
    factory and die at fifty-one
    when your kidneys turn off.

    But where else will you
    work? where else can
    you rent but Smog City?
    The only houses for sale
    are under the yellow sky.
    You’ve been out of work for
    a year and they’re hiring
    at the plastics factory.
    Don’t read the fine
    print, there isn’t any.

    "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

    by lgmcp on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 09:52:43 AM PST

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