Being poor in America
Is currently… not a crime.
Granted, the poor may be
And essentially ostracized
From the “American Dream”
“Nothing comes to sleepers but a dream?”
Bullshit! That must’ve been a joke.
Why else would the young folks say to, “Stay woke?”
Because the powers that be need the poor… to sleep.
Sleep through executive orders, judicial injustices, and legislative assaults.
Corporate welfare recipients help the rich get richer
By selling the poor high-interest loans destined to go into default.
The poor are penalized as if their poverty is their own damned fault
With mean-spirited public policies, long waiting lines, and reverse customer service
In which the customer is considered to always be wrong.
The poor become entertainment for the wealthy and their captive audience.
Some of the poor will shuck, jive, and raise their open hands for awkward high-fives.
Granted we have no debtors’ prisons
Although poverty often proves to be a life sentence crudely punctuated
By low credit ratings, summary judgements, collections calls, and foreclosures.
In this tale of two Americas the royalty has no intention
Of trading places and social positions with their pauper doppelgangers
Instead, they dig moats, erect walls, and mount gun turrets on their ivory towers.
A poor person’s credit rating is the only “minority report” needed
To forecast if they will commit the crime… of poverty.
The poor represent a potential threat to the security of privilege.
They also serve as the underprivileged motivator for the middle-class.
America abdicates its responsibility for creating the poor,
And continues treating them like convicted felons
Permanently disenfranchised from full participation in the American dream
The debt society holds over the poor like a sword of Damocles was never owed
To be poor in America
It is still… not a crime
America allowing any of its citizens
To live in a state of poverty
So po’ you can’t afford the “or” kind of poverty
Should be a crime
But fortunately for the privileged class, it’s not.
Meanwhile the poor bear the bloody stigmata
Of Morality’s highly publicized crucifixion
For poverty crimes and misdemeanors.