And the Meek Shall Inherit

by Elvira

The sand                      choked             the lungs,
recalling                      nightmares of
the Coal:                                                          Dark
Cold
Suffocating
all around it.

No more.
No more
Sandy
Dust
Cotton

No more                      money
births
but       death.

Death                          of                     the Old and very Young
Death                          of                     dreams
families

“He’s                           going               to study radio”
(Rather,                                                           He
left                   a pregnant
wife).                           He
can live            better as One
than                 Die                   as three

Company Store           gives                            credit,
until                                                     they
owe                 more than
made.

Was                 it only in the
Dust Bowl                                            that Little Girls
were sold        as Whores
just                              to put               bread in
the parents’ mouth?
That Dior dress,
Cost                 a Life in
China
Honduras
Haiti
Jacket shops                opened            for the
Jet Set                                                  Lives
traded for a dream
turned Nightmare.

“He’s                           going               to study tractors”
Rural dreams              become           Urban Homeless.

“You                            owe                 us: money
sweat
passport

Nothing                       is                      without a Price.
You’re Alien                in                     a Liar’s World:
where                          being               a maid
turns                into bondage,
until                                                     the Body is
riddled             with the Asian Pox
French Pox

Too Old                                   to open                        your legs,
so                                 to survive                    you use thy
mouth.

Rose of Sharron journey
ended              in the Valley of
Napa.

But,                  her
descendent                  from                            Brazil
winds up a Rich Man’s
toy
in India.

And HER Child’s
sold to the highest
bidder                                      from Rome.

July 18, 2013

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