No Lasting Bite

From one side I see
joy in liberation
celebration of freedom
a genuine happiness
when oppression wanes
and opportunity rises
to bring success
and advancement
to raise us up, everyone
the love of the promise
democracy might bring
justice and equality for all

From the other side I see
dark delight in deprivation
triumphant mockery
of the afflicted
a desire for no more
than to strip rights
and pleasures away
like precious ores from earth
and to heap them
upon themselves
the exulted ones
on high… or so they think
not realizing yet
they have been buried
by all they fear to lose
by all they refuse to share
poor babies crying, everyone
when nursie comes
and pops the dummy
from out betwixt
their toothless gums

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