USA

Not so much
a hierarchy 
of classes
as one of castes here:

Greenback Caste, 
Faint Hope To Prosper Caste,
Edgewalker Caste,
Underwater But Bobbing Up Now And Then Caste,
Bottomed Out Caste;

solid, none too porous,
none devoid of nuance,

each with special provisions
for how 
you or your parents looked,
how you live and love,

how you are what you are;

not splintering, not 
softening, not becoming
more pleasant.

Easy enough now
to move
down the ladder. 

Harder than ever 
to climb it.

Nothing
this vertical can stand
intact forever — 

it cannot stand
but i
t will take more 
than talk 
and lightly scuffed skin
to tear it down.

It cannot stand,
and when it comes down
it will come down hard,

stone from the sky
falling in fire, wailing
a storm behind,
splashing everything
with ruin
right down
to the last greenback
and marble arch.

The Pyramids remind us

that even with massive slave-built bases
that made them strong,

that even while stripped and roughed
they remain impressive to this day,
after all is said and done
they are today
just empty tombs
for men who long ago
turned to dust.

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10 responses to “USA

  • Tony Brown

    A nice dream…perhaps someone else’s duty, in the future. I’d settle for some actual treaty recognition and greater sovereignty, considering, but I’m not likely to see it in my lifetime.

  • Léa

    It is coming down. Empire does not work!

    • Tony Brown

      No. No, it does not.

      • Léa

        Take care my friend!

      • Tony Brown

        Trying. It’s scary times here…and I imagine it’s scary there too after last night’s vote…

      • Léa

        Some are having a harder time with the Brexit than others. The Brits here are really stung and all of my friends in the UK are as well…
        If necessary, Canada isn’t far for you to go and I have fond memories and numerous relatives there! There are worse places you could go.

      • Tony Brown

        Nah. If shit happens, there’s a war to be fought here and I’ll stay and fight it.

      • Léa

        You may have to choose your war. Keep writing and be the voice of reason… Bonne chance!

      • Tony Brown

        Well…we take the fight that comes to us. But I’ll fight it my way.

        Besides…where’s a Native supposed to go to get away from America? Can’t go back to the homeland, after all…we’re already here.

      • Léa

        Perhaps you could take back the homeland? It would certainly be in better hands!

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