Poem: Follow the Money

Seems the threads of understanding are tied to following the money trail.

Follow the Money

If you want to find an answer
    to Medicare,
    or the Internet,
    why homeless occupy our streets,
    the neighbor leaves his grass un-mowed,
    tomatoes have no flavor,
    universities are out of reach,
    dogs run loose,
    terrorists terrorize
    and we are all so confused
Then follow the money

I talk with friends in endless
    circular conversations,
    listening to this or that
    on how and where we’ve gone wrong
Intellectualizing, the mental equal
    of putting out the dog
But never once have I heard suggested
    the closing of computers
    and shoving back of educated chairs,
    to simply follow the money

We choke on the heavy breath of cash,
    in cities jammed with cars,
    suburbs slammed by drugs,
    prisons crammed with kids
    and hope for something to be done
A hound, following the wrong scent
There could be profits in clean air
    and drug free youth and education
Compounding interest, renegotiating,
    learning to lead with the money,
    in the place of being forever led astray
Poetry Collection: Broken Pieces
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