O damn it to hell. Why be concerned about

man’s exploitation and abuse of man

and nature? Every day countless more

knife thrusts and bull-whippings directed

to individuals in whom the abusers wish

to destroy the last vestige of humanity.

Ever more homilies about our devotion

to free-markets and the global economy.

Ever more disdain for expert testimony

from qualified scientists about how

we are destroying our world

and ourselves. Evermore locking

the abused in jails, evermore locking

the stressed in mental hospitals. Evermore

firing deadly military hardware on citizens

in the streets. Why do I still care?

Because I can still hear my mother’s

loving voice. And because I can

still listen to Beethoven and Bartok,

hearing the pulse of what makes us human.


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