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Harvesting America

Poetry By: J Christopher Bartley

While we in America complain that the right brand of food is not at overly packed grocery stores - the rest of the world starves.

Submitted:Nov 3, 2012    Reads: 16    Comments: 1    Likes: 1   

Grocery store aisles.

No Smiles.

No style

In Generic brands.

Shelves lined with cans.

Stands of fresh bread

go to waste.

Same taste,

but labels are read.

Celebrities on planes


Drained by the stress

of wealth and fame.

While starving children

Climb piles of garbage.

Bottled water flung

at the heads

by divas and pop artists.

Rotting sores

on the bellies of youth.

Quick! Change the Channel!

Find some cartoons!

Demand candy

split into bowls.

By shape and by color.

Requests by Assholes.

You shimmer. You shine.

Divine on the stage.

While half of Africa

is dying of AIDS.



The Land of the free.

The poor are just those

without cable TV.


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