Congratulations! You’re employed.
The tension is high.
It is the hour of karmic justice-
a gala dawning-
winner lose all!
Work is humiliation;
a public punishment.
To the lucky loser goes the prize:
So this is how we manage the world!
Use, take advantage of
shortchange and discard.
Put the people down so low
they’ll be grateful for any job.
And when it comes payday
the white kid gets one percentage of the tips
and the brown kid gets quite another.
The man gets a dollar.
The woman gets 60 cents.
Four years of expensive college education
to be a dishwasher.
If this gig of life must be this way-
send me on my way!
Put me on the streets
with no cash
no food stamps
stripped of a home
and I’ll have more than I have now!
I’ll have the time to be
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