Their investors made a killing
All they wanted
was to make a living,
maybe enough for a vacation
away from China,
if that is where they lived
when they got their loan
whose cash traced back, back, back
to Morgan Stanley, or maybe to
Trump, or Gates, of Koch, or Bezos,
or maybe all of them.
Exotic foods seemed such a super investment,
in the market.
So some Chinese family
earned their vacations
catching pangolins for fine dining,
pangolins to sell in the market, to make a profit,
their own private killing.
Boy, did they and their investors
make a killing,
as the world vacations from life
in these months of lockdown,
in these years of fear.
- The various financiers named are symbolic of capitalist investors and are not meant to imply that they did (or did not) indeed invest in this particular enterprise.
- Pangolins may have served as the intermediate hosts that transmitted the coronavirus to people and caused the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. At the time of this writing, scientists differ as to whether pangolins were the animal that served as the pathway from bats to humans. The pangolin, also known as a scaly anteater, is found in Asia and Africa.
As Palestinians prepare to
die by plague in Gaza,
and Israelis gird their guns
to help them do it,
we here in America sit helpless
in virally isolated homes.
We protest impending genocide
on-line. Perhaps our memes go
but our protests die deaths ignored
like those of Palestinians,
eclipsed by the hasbara
of Major Jewish Organizations
and the Israeli state
who show their hands
well-cleansed by washing
for even more than the 20 seconds
the media recommend.
Their hands glisten clean
like those of Turks a century before
or those of Vichy and their Polish brethren
who walled my people away.
“Hasbara” refers to the public relations efforts of Israel and its allies to portray Israeli actions, no matter how despicable they may seem to others, as good and just.
Where can they simply be?
Over years of walking
to and from this train station,
many homeless men and women
have become my friends,
a friendship seeded by many Abes,
but blossoming as we shared our ideas, shared our fears.
I worry about them
in these days of lockdown.
Where can they simply be all day
when stores and libraries
are open no more
and the rain pours down as cold as glares
and a virus may be blowing in the wind
from Dave to Laurie to Jimmy and then
to whom beyond?
“Abes” refers to five dollar bills, which have a picture of Abraham Lincoln on them.