Curse of Liberty

Liberty is a curse
when the corporation is a person
granted all the rights of man

a man

for the corporation is not female
it never needs worry
about contraception, pregnancy and abortion
and the corporation is not just any man
for the corporation is not black
it never needs worry
about racial hatred, prejudice and discrimination
the corporation is not homosexual
it never needs worry
about inequality, bullying and suicide
the corporation is not poor
it never needs worry
about healthcare, housing and finding its next meal
the corporation is a straight, white, wealthy human male
and when it serves its agenda
the corporation believes in God, country and family
it believes in the inerrant, eternal truth of the Bible,
when the passage suits it,
but when chapter and verse run counter
to maximizing profit
and the shareholders’ needs
then those parts can be forgotten
for the corporation
is not going to clothe the naked
care after the sick
or visit the imprisoned
for the corporation is those things
it is a prison
it is sickness
it is humanity stripped bare of its humanity
prick it and it does not bleed
tickle it and there is no laughter
poison it and it lives still
but wrong it
and see it wail, lament and roar
see it plead and demand
see it named a person
see it reap its revenge
see it lay the curse of liberty upon our land

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