Friday, April 11, 2014

What the State Meant

Yes all you well-heeled

well-meaning Republicans

paying one's taxes
is the law and laws
can and should

be tested and questioned

and yes most folks like
having more money
rather than less

but laypeeps poorer than you

(the ones you are allegedly
trying to swoon

as we can see
through your kindly-televised
brainstorming sessions)

readily give up a portion
year after year

to pay for the continued
functioning of a modern
civilized society.

The part of taxes
the laypeeps don't like?

Funding government activities
they find morally repugnant

and funding people in power
who take the money
make the laws

and suppress and oppress
all those people
who we all know

don't actually exist.

This poem © 2014 Emily Cooper.