kickoff 2022

the managers are
careful to shower
adulation in lieu of
throwing out
vacant scripted praise
aa they celebrate
a year of record growth
ignoring the
skyrocketing cost
of living as
they deposit their
bonuses before
forgetting the ones
who did the actual work
remoras feeding on scraps
from the shark’s
feeding frenzy
yet swimming as if
they are mighty predators
while we need
to constantly move
flushing fresh water
through motionless gills
they do not recognize
if we cease our action
the free meals
become memories
as they claim to be
too big to fail
oligarchs and fat cats
building towers to heaven
as the peasants die
in the shadows of hell
mistaking parasites
for friendly symbiosis

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