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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Dear Government

Dear Government,
When did I become
so complacent?
I sit in a pot
of boiling ambiguity
sipping on lies
without even a question.

Watching congressmen
Being bought by corporations
draws less outrage from me
than a bad referee call
at a football game.

My income grows smaller
from your hand in my pocket.
I cinch my belt tighter
while you keep
adding notches.
I just pray I can
hold on to cable TV.

Citizens in other countries
are protesting and dying
for a democratic government
that would allow equality
and freedom.
I don’t even vote.

Yes, I am not sure when
my lack of concern began.
I just expected government
would serve my best interests
without having to get involved.
I think I will go out for a beer.


©Susie Clevenger 2011


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