some time ago

I told them

I feel

we are being pushed back

to Victorian times

the ages of being serfs

chattels to the rich

& quite rightly

they sneered

what do you know poet boy?

I tried reason

your pay has not risen

in over ten years

yet bills continue to rise

your card debts are up

student loans not paid off

& you have two jobs now

to keep the roof overhead

wolves from the door

they told me

this is how it has always been

I offered quite brightly

maybe you could read

how things used to be

who got time for that?

they sneered

& went back to dragging

their slave debt chains

across the floor

cheerfully clanking them

as they went

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