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A Slice of the Pie

A Slice of the Pie

“this earth was made a common treasury for all”*


as the tickers rise and fall

the suits spew silky soundbites about getting a slice of the pie

while the 99% are consoled


by promises of glorious hereafters


“you’ll get pie in the sky when you die”**

* – thanks to Billy Bragg
** – thanks to Joe Hill’s song ‘The Tramp’

kleptocratic ungovernance …

the 1%.

snouts deep,
buried alive,

all conscience excised,

seeking more,
always seeking more.

the 99%.

shrivelled shadows,
tucked away under underpasses,

seeking enough,
always seeking just enough.

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