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Dollar Signs That Steal Light | Poem

 

DOLLARSIGNS THAT STEAL LIGHT

Wearingmarks
ofsavage grab,
moneyneeds
awisdom guide.
Thecash flow
inan urban river
backingup
likeseptic tanks.
Ascarecrow
ina field of corn.
Itcan be molecules
ofgood, cold
compressed
onravaged eyes.

Greenleprechauns
ofdollar signs
thatsteal light
frompoverty.
Thechase of greed
canown the world
andbe a dirty pilgrimage.
Youalways
understoodso well
theclash between
aluxury and hungerÂ’s
muchmore
crucialthirst.
“Moneyhoney,”
youused to say,
“makescandle wax
andhornetsÂ’ nests,
butsummerÂ’s light
andsyrup from
abudding rose
willend up
fraughtwith impotence.”
 

-Janet I . Buck
 

toJanet       toMoongate

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