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spacer.gif   Carlos Cumpian
Posted by : cj on Friday, December 03, 2004 - 09:22 AM
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Poetry:  Click On The Author's Name Soon It's Robots

Smokers huddle at a thousand doors,
withdrawing 12 minutes every day
from the new-world mirage,
no one inhales the same anymore,
as mosquito-mean bosses look for blood in
every dollar, expecting us to laugh to forget our stress.
Ya don't call in "sick" or expect a raise, so fragile are
job guarantees these days, that pink slips
are sent without a two-week notice or regrets
for your IDs and keys.

It's about to rain fiscal ill-will when auditors
show up in green rubber boots and umbrellas,
they'll purge the place for pro-bono fame,
to contribute to the mayor's re-election bid,
fully expecting his guano-covered ship to win.

Every Christmas your debts throb hangover hard,
followed by numb New Year returns, waking to dark
cold coffee, back to shuffling papers and
leaving three phones unanswered.
Pete, another colleague, has gone seeking
precarious temp employment
somewhere up the street.

What don't you believe? That you'll be sacrificed
by greedy priests serving the one-eyed money moloch?
If you're smart, you won't light another match,
even if it's the white man's most ingenious planetary gift,
you see, the company is watching,
checking conversations, wastebaskets, and computer screens,
I'd say you're better off eating that damn cigarette
when your file is so thick.
Over in a glass building reflecting like a highway patrolman's
mirrored shades, manicured applause flutter
across a board room, followed by discriminating cigars
and brandy poured into crystal goblets, they close with pithy
toasts in celebration of profits after reduction in personnel.

We haven't moved a muscle but we're ripped,
hopes down-sized, and for our loyalty we're shown
the bottom line, and soon it's robots and our exit time,
to look for that phosphorus head of luminous
full-time commitment, amid crushed butts
and ashes at our feet.

(from Armadillo Charm)


Comfortable & Politically Correct

What to wear, what to wear--
now let's see what's in the closet.
Bring down all the hangers,
pull off the scratchy labels,
Made or assembled in:
South Korea, Taiwan, Haiti,
Portugal, Phillipines, Peru,
Macao, Mexico, Singapore,
Brazil, Bangladesh,
Ecuador--
boots from billion-dollar
debtor nations,
belts from military
dictatorships,
gloves (and baseballs) from
ungovernable tropics,
shirts from storehouses
of starvation wages,
coats from decomposing
Asian and African colonies,
pants from pauper
brown-lung ports,
socks from places where
it's rare to own a pair
much less shoes--
hell, I think I'll go
naked today.

(from Coyote Sun)

 
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