such are the wages

lightning in winter––
the grey dim days
of spring

dead syrian children––
war is a chronic migraine

news is entertainment––
truth is a distant
relative

the wealthy will finally own
the whole world––
big brother never stops
watching you––
he wants your money
not your mind

no more glaciers––we have
floods, droughts, tornadoes
& disappearing islands

no more polar bears––
tibet is completely
digested––

people are ready to kill
for an artificial platform
in the south china sea

the public wants to be ruled
by a plutocrat––
rage is their cup of tea

this a normal stage in the history
of a democracy––

to be followed by
riot & revolution, heresy, schism,
factions, tumults, brawls &
tempests, hate & anguish

such are the wages of
humankind––
they know not
what they do