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Horn of Plenty


Horn of Plenty

There was little sympathy in those days

late as it was in those early years,

when young and old alike were driven to new abandon

taking all things offered by the scalper

who laid low in high profile media spots

well placed at those most opportune of moments

in daily visual traffic.

All wants were for the taking and

there were always sumptuous arrays of items

continually on display

brightly coordinated, brilliantly arranged

and always needed.

There was little sympathy around then

for those who couldn't find the formulae

for success.

Those forlorn senders of bad news and bad trips

always so tacky in their fashion and manners and

exhibiting such chutzpah to pander the better citizens

who had made their way unassisted on common charities

and handouts.

Only those base sorts would sink to asking for something

free

There was such little sympathy for the times

when opulence permeated all quarters of the higher towers

and inner offices of decision.

There was no one to see under the rugs,

to hear the squalor in the darker corners tucked away

or smell the fumes of death

cooking so slowly beneath the headlines

marked prosperity.

"There is no hunger in America"....

There is little sympathy for those who choose

not to work for a living... there are no free lunches..."

There was little sympathy back then

there was only the growing hunger

and a murmur

which grew steadily, persistently

among the vulgar rabble

ever reminded of a hunger

and a popular persuasion

that there was little sympathy back then

for the likes of them.

Grant Handgis

Copyright 1982-2011


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