Greed

On plush leather chairs,
And air conditioned avarice,
They sit and decide our fates.
These suits.
These heirophants of ettiquette.

Below in the streets,
People fight for aid sent
from overseas.
They throw money at the armed
well muscled guard.

Begging,
Mercy,
My child is ill.
My family starves.

Coffee is served.
With ginger biscuits.
Ties are loosened,
And money exchanged.
Not pennies,
Like below.

Uncomfortable laughter.
As consciousness
becomes a figment
and a bank balance.
A memory.

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30 responses to “Greed

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  2. “As consciousness becomes a figment and a bank balance a memory” I think your poem paints an accurate portrait of what many are now living through.

  3. First rate protest poetry. It’s time for the poets to raise their voices again for truth, justice, equality. Power and greed are always in cycle seeking to corrupt our society. Thanks, Gay @beachanny

  4. This sadly is a worldwide reality that too many are unaware of.
    You penned it with such a perfect picture of the disparity between the two realities

    Nice One Shot

    Just a reminder that we would love you to enter the One Stop Competition (ends oct 22).

    Moon Smiles

  5. Wow! what a wonderful piece of writing!

    ‘On plush leather chairs,
    And air conditioned avarice,
    They sit and decide our fates.
    These suits.
    These heirophants of ettiquette.’

    So true… and so elequently and poetically put! – brilliant.

  6. wow….shan is back in the building!!!! knowing what we both know i dont think i could have worded this better…..a fantastic poem my friend and please write more….otherwise i will set beth on you

  7. sad but true…uncomfortable laughter..coffee and ginger biscuits…a vivid description of what shouldn’t exist but unfortunately is everyday reality

  8. wanted to stop by again and thank you for stopping by One Shot this week. It is because of poets like you that we have such inspiring words to read. Please feel welcome any Wednesday

    Moon Smiles for the One Stop Team

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