in my pocket (singles)

so much of what’s wrong
is folded in my pocket
immediate, temporal meat
for the one
who swallows
the many
and stays hungry

we used to feed him children

that is not what was meant
by the words in the eagle’s beak
screened on paper
we kill for

there is One
fourth person
indefinite
that is never bought
or made, past zero
and over it
who can’t be touched
or dazzled
by gifts

because we can’t
give back
to the maker
any made thing

but us

which was the point
of sacrifice
to begin with

but this time
not by proxy

About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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10 Responses to in my pocket (singles)

  1. Bruce Ruston says:

    You should try to get this published Susan

  2. archcardinal says:

    Just the very same greed riding on the greenback “so much of what’s wrong
    is folded in my pocket”

    Sometimes I wish all these. Could be wished away… I just wish…

    • Yes, that’s it. I too wish this particular sickness we humans have could be wished away, but I fear it is as old as us, and not easily stripped away. I would not say it is passed down in our DNA, but something almost as intimately linked.

  3. Miriam E. says:

    so powerful… totally agree with Bruce.

  4. nelle says:

    I have to admit that required assistance from other commenters (a reflection on me, not you), but with their guidance as the key opening the words, yes, well done. 🙂

  5. cfbrown (कवि) says:

    this was VERY POWERFUL, I enjoyed this very much. thank you for sharing this.

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