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DOLLAR STORE DISASTER

(copyright Hugh McDonald 2010)

Things we made with pride and finest craftsmanship
Disappeared .... we can't find a clothespin
that's made in this province by our nieghbor's labor
in a dollar store or even in a hardware store
but everything is falling apart
now it falls to pieces broken useless
and my rooms are full of plastic objects I can't find
when I need a pin, a pen that flows, or notebooks
that don't fall apart and pages
drop out on the floor already all covered with letters
I don't read or open up.
Its now time for us to use our minds and dream
longer dreams and projects we all delayed in the hope
that a stranger would help us in the next emergency
when no one has a plan or anything to eat
in cans or bottles full of pickles
and we hope a politician will call the army and the airforce
with their shovels digging out our sorry asses from the rubble
with their shepherds sniffing out survivors under fallen lumber
in deep trouble
think a head
get out of the valley
tomorrow at the latest by the dawn.