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Misplaced Tolerance


 

How empty must your belly be
How poor your health
How shabby your shelter
Before you seethe
 
How heavy a workload
How meager a paycheck
How small must you be made to feel
Before you squirm
 
How bullied your children
How abysmal their schools
How bleak their future
Before you rage
 
How much more war
How much sleaze
How much poison must you swallow
Before you retch
 
How desperate your circumstances
How little to lose
How close to death
Before you lash out
 
How mindless your consumption
How empty your soul
How dull must the circus be
Before you revolt
 
How near in distance
How similar our skin
How akin
Before we conspire

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