embalming the conscience,

in a world catatonic with apathy.

apathy worn on sleeves,

with shimmering cuff-links of brazen indifference.

shopping, mall-hopping, acquiring, squinting at designer tags.

ah! but the party never ends,

as we giggle and flirt and drink and consume,

while corpses burn,

nailed to realities of need.

and while the 99% scavenge,

for scraps in the dirt.