On the difference between 1 and 99
1% is when you spend the winters at your house on Fiji.
99% is when you heat your living quarters
with a single space heater.
1% is when your prescription is automatically
in your medicine cabinet and you don’t have to think about it.
99% is when you count the remaining pills of your
prescription and know you’ll run out before your SS check comes.
1% is when you tell your driver which car to drive today.
99% is when you walk everywhere you go
if your town doesn’t have buses.
1% is when you walk into the trendiest restaurant in town
and you don’t even need a reservation.
99% is when you buy outdated meat and produce
or stand in line at a soup kitchen.
1% is when you turn on the news and nod at the politician
who says if you can’t work, you shouldn’t eat.
99% is when you don’t know what the politician said
because you couldn’t pay the electric bill.
1% doesn’t have to go to work.
99% can’t even apply for a job because you’re unemployed
and they aren’t accepting applications from the unemployed.
1% turns away from the bottom 99% because if they don’t work
or pay taxes, they have no value.
99% may be buried in a Potter’s Field before the expected life span
. .you were malnourished, sick, numb from cold and depression,
. .and told you have to get off the sidewalk.
One will die acclaimed.
One will die unclaimed
. .because America can’t have street beggars.
But it does have an invisible army of the poor…unarmed,
under-housed, under-fed, under-educated, out of hope, out of time,
and out of social uniform.
Just so much cannon fodder for our Class Warfare.
I subscribe to Poem-a-Day and a couple of other services that deliver poetry to my mailbox. I subscribe to a couple of list-servs that feature poets. A precious few favor me with e-mails, somehow listing me among their friends.
I got this one today, probably unpublished elsewhere. Watch for it.
[This poem above is not quoted, though it is the work of Ms. Wyant, because the quote formatting changed the formatting of the poem itself. Please be sure to attribute the poem correctly to Ms. Wyant, who holds the copyright.]