Inside parked cars they drink top shelf liquor.
Their spent bottles litter parkways and curbs.
Big Pharma gets rich; the poor get sicker.
Recreational use of healing herbs
Wafts through the air along safe passage routes.
Vice peddlers bark of, “loose squares, rocks, and blows!”
Politicians smile with pearly whites out
Crocodile grins for “dog and pony” shows.
Losing battles of which we’re unaware.
So embattled we have PTSD.
Rationalized disparities ain’t fair.
Slaves working “off plantations” still ain’t free.
Addictions and mass incarceration
Only symptoms of the situation.