Austerity by Barbara Donne

I am not a silent poet

Austerity
flaps its flag of convenience
over the airwaves

all together
now
we’re all
in
it
is a mask
over appropriation

a grudge match
greed v need

blinded
by winking promises
of all those
shiny goods to get

deafened
by unjust prejudice
against
those dispossessed

you say Austerity’s meant to bite
but believe me
it devours
false comfort

only listen
to the dying song
of one canary

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