Quake

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“When the rich get too rich and the poor
get too poor, there is a way.”
…………….. —Pearle Buck, The Good Earth
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when the rich get too rich
the sky falls
when the poor get too poor

there is a way:

see what breaks
over a fault, plate
shoves plate

even stacked bullion falls

it’s a grim scene
when all work meets
on a ledge
when what’s raw
surges volcanic through
stone pipes, stifled hope
singes landscape,
plows plantations
under, sinks
mauled dreams,
exhaults valleys, scours peaks
till they’re buzz-cut
as a military head

when air burns all equally suck
a karmic void

when the rich get too rich
day leaves
when the poor get too poor
night comes
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 Jim Culleny, 2/9/12

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