The Rip Post                                                                                              

Fascists and thieves
have the run of the joint.
News monkeys fling
feces in our faces.

The populace grazes
on consumer bads
and other junk fads.

The planet is cooking
and melting under
the weight of our crap.
Not a good place to visit.

Cobbled-together fantasies
that maybe it will be all right
don't hold together under
even cursory scrutiny.

We buy into bamboozle
of one sort of another,
just to get by.

The alternative is despair,
which is always in the air.
But if we're so good,
let's write a truer script
and put on a good fight
for old Ma Joad.

----Jack Oakes  9/7/07


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