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Scared Sacrifice

10 Nov

Time for a little show and tell:

In the spirit of this moving video, I am proposing a collaborative poem open to whomever who would like to contribute a line or more, with the desired effect at the end to have a living tableau reflecting the soul of the Occupy movement.  The tentative title is “When the Rich Need to Worry,” though this is subject to change, depending on eventual contributions.  I will continually update the poem/ work in progress as submissions come in.  And if anyone wants to take a crack at setting music to this, you have my full authorization and then some.  Everything is welcome and will be posted.  So here goes, to get the ball rolling…

When the rich need to worry where they’ll sleep tonight
When the rich need to worry if they’ll eat tonight
When the rich need to worry if they can live off retirement
When the rich need to worry that they sick and tired of sick and tired
When the rich need to worry if there’s money for the kids’ birthday gifts
When the rich need to worry bout working overtime shifts
When the rich need to worry bout deductibles covering pills
When the rich need to worry bout paying the electric bill
When the rich need to worry if the check will clear
When the rich need to worry if the johns are dear
When the rich need to worry if the bus come on time
When the rich need to worry if the flat’s cosigned
When the rich need to worry bout gettin in line
When the rich need to worry bout the hood gentrified
When the rich need to worry bout social services
When the rich need to worry what their purpose is
When the rich need to worry when the kids go away
When the rich need to worry that they come back OK
When the rich need to worry bout police and race
When the rich need to worry bout profiling they face
When the rich need to worry if the mortgage underwater
When the rich need to worry if all that they fought for
When the rich need to worry is all that be bought for
When the rich need to worry that the game is fixed
When the rich need to worry the election’s rigged
When the rich need to worry that the people are pissed
And not gonna take this shit no more cause we the jury
Is when the rich need to worry

Who’s up?

When the rich need to worry bout who their neighbors are.
When the rich need to worry bout who broke into their car.
When the rich need to worry if their water is polluted
When the rich need to worry that progress just deluded.
When the rich need to worry bout their drugs being laced
When the rich need to worry bout their face being maced
When the rich need to worry about sending their kids to public schools
When the rich need to worry that their years of non-support have made them fools.

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6 responses to “Scared Sacrifice

  1. rachel

    November 11, 2011 at 9:27 am

    I’m pretty sure you covered it all. I don’t have anything to add.

     
    • t corcoran bauer

      November 11, 2011 at 2:51 pm

      Since when do “all” and “add” rhyme? You don’t even have the rhythm right!

       
  2. Snoozen Suzen

    November 11, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    When the rich need to worry bout who their neighbors are.
    When the rich need to worry bout who broke into their car.

     
  3. DK

    November 11, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    When the rich need to worry if their water is polluted
    When the rich need to worry that progress just deluded

     
  4. Padre

    November 14, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    When the rich need to worry about sending their kids to public schools
    When the rich need to worry that their years of non-support have made them fools.

     
    • Snoozen Suzen

      November 14, 2011 at 5:12 pm

      Nice Padre!

       

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