The 99% in Crossett, Arkansas

When you’re in the belly of the monster
You don’t consider if your lipgloss is sticky
Or if your hair spray is crunchy
Or how Steve Jobs if he found himself in the same situation,
Would’ve connected the dots.
Even when distraction and evil influence rule the day,
And the EPA is scheduled to show up at the ash pit where you eat your lunch,
And you know that the company the contractors you work for have fungled everything,
Financial titans who threaten to eat their own children.
Who have tempted the spawning multitudes with their own extinction,
In the great red light of the world’s afternoon, inside yourself
There’s a quick change artist
Who can do things accidentally on purpose.
You take a leak on the opposite side of the pond,
Hang your goggles from a rear-view mirror,
Pray to the gods of the Internet and magicians of High Hogwarts,
This better turn out good.

–This poem was originally published in Liberty’s Vigil, The Occupy Movement by Foothills Publishing (ISBN 978-0-931053-97-9. There were readings of poems contained in this anthology throughout the country.

About Lenore Weiss

Lenore's collections include "Tap Dancing on the Silverado Trail" (2011) from Finishing Line Press, “Sh’ma Yis’rael” (2007) from Pudding House Publications, and "Cutting Down the Last Tree on Easter Island" (West End Press, 2012). Her writing has won recognition from Poets&Writers (finalist in California Voices contest) and as a finalist for Pablo Neruda Prize, Nimrod International Journal. The Society for Technical Communication has recognized her work regarding Technical Literacy in the schools. All material is copyrighted on this site and cannot be used without the author's permission.
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