by George Ella Lyon
Kentucky Poet Laureate (2015-2017)
We should cut services to the poor because
big government is bad
we have to shrink the budget
the poor have shelters
those barrels we fill at the grocery
We have to get rid of Affordable Care
for the reasons given above
We can’t afford to take care of everybody.
It’s not our job.
They should go to the public health department
figure something out.
We should not raise the minimum wage because
those are starter jobs
and what would motivate folks to do better
if they had a living wage right away?
Yes, I see mature folks working at Mickey D’s
but that’s not my fault.
They should have got themselves an education
a foothold, should have applied themselves
Also there are churches to help these people
We should defund Planned Parenthood because
abortion is a sin against God
you conceived it, you bear it
give it away if you can’t take care of it
should have thought about that before
you opened your legs
we believe in the sacredness of life
just not yours
or those of people of color
or poor people
like those scraping by in the drive-thru
We are done with handouts
except to corporations
who are people
and who contribute a lot more to this society
than you homeless
Get a life, why don’t you?
We got ours.
(c) 2015 George Ella Lyon. All Rights Reserved
George Ella Lyon’s books of poems include Driving with the Dead, Many-Storied House, and, with fellow poet J. Patrick Lewis, Voices from the March on Washington. She is also a novelist and author of children’s books (Which Side Are You On? and others). You can read our conversation “On books for the young” here. — Carol Polsgrove, December 2015
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