Poemdog

Dogs 2019

RANK AND FILE
(3/29/19)


we are
the fuel

as well
as the
motor
of this
society

we
of little
talent

of minimal
inspiration

we pay
our taxes

our mortgages

our premiums

we buy
products

services

tickets

we buy
what they
are selling

so that
civilization
can move
smoothly along
on its progressive
course

we feel
used

used
up

as if
we are
missing out
somehow

we see
the sports
stars

the artists

the leaders

the celebrities

who exist
only
through our
subsidizing
their efforts

living
the lives
of which
we dream

but such
is the nature
of the system

the majority
toiling away
in obscurity

with no
thanks

little
appreciation

we grind
along
day by day

only hoping
that those
more fortunate

benefitting
from our
labor

will brighten
our lives
somehow

beyond
these shadowed
routines

allowing
an occasional
smile
through
the sweat

a little
laughter
in the
darkness