Monday, 21 August 2017

There were dreamers once but modern medicine helped cure us of that

There is more cash to be made
with incarceration
than there is in curing

this we already know.

an infinity of illusions
laced within its anaesthesia
anaemic attempts at truly understanding

the opiate.

criminal till it crashes through
the gold plated gates
of white suburbia

wait till the sheriff’s wife gets hooked.

concern becomes crisis
when caucasian words
scramble for control

medicine cabinets and childrens carousels
replace street corners.

prescription mobilisation
zombification is one way
to debilitate the working poor

healthcare doesn’t care to cover those already hooked.

overdoses in shopping center
parking lots in leased SUV’s
and an infant suffocating in a car seat
in the mid summer heat

addiction a tragedy for any family.

and the powers that be
wanna know,
that it has escaped the cities

label this crisis,
a social disease.

© Joshua Baumgarten

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Joshua is an ex-pat New Yorker living in Holland. He organises the Irrational Library evenings - nights of poetry, rock n roll and casual chaos, and performs as a Standup Spoken Word artist.