teaching on the city subcontinent…

teaching on the city subcontinent

legs crossed
on a park bench
the brown bag prophet
sat smiling
like
a downtown buddha
inviting passersby
to pause
and
partake
in a meal
of
rawbone words
offering
free lessons
on
freedom’s leeches
the political party
parasites
who promise
to
part the red sea
of reality
by stretching
their talons
over the waters
forming
walls of gullibility
revealing
a path
that they say
will lead us all
into that promised land
of
milk and honey
but
of course
for money
a small
tax-deductible donation
that
will either
contribute
to political success
or
to another
off-shore account
the prophet
then
asked folks
to join hands
and sing
that
old
political hymn
money
that’s what i want

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