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It is like heroin,

This need to know how

The Universe really functions,

 

And why our world

Is dying. (Who will care

about these words

 

when we’re all dead?)

Little girls chase

Monarch Butterflies

Around the yard with nets

 

Once released from classroom

Tanks and penguin

Videos rule the world.

 

(She hates science,

now we know. Can’t

have anyone thinking

critically when it disproves

her false truth.)

 

The man behind

The podium tries

To lie with an honest

Face, while fat

Checks from Koch

Brothers rot

In the bank and murder

Seven billion people,

And the Monarchs,

And the penguins.

 

This is Poem #45 from the  Poem (almost) Everyday Project. Starting in mid-January 2016, I decided for one year to wake mornings and write a poem before my first cup of coffee on each day that I didn’t teach. I was working part-time then, so in the end I wrote 241 poems.  These are second drafts of  those pieces copied directly from my journal with minimal editing from their “vomit draft” state.

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