The 99

Snicker at this “free country
Stretching suffering
Across shanties
In dilapidated kingdom

But It’s
Corporate heads
cremating the flesh
Peppering grains
In nine course meals
Of the future

From seeds planted
By hard as hooves
Leather hands

The same hands
that are steady all through
the nation’s adolescent
temper tantrum

boys aren’t fans of toys
they’d rather play with knives
The children must be appeased

They will make vogue gloves
Out of his palm
Earrings out of sagging genitals
Of mutilated martyrs
The messiahs mashed into wine
Like grapes under calloused heel


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