Ravening

Ravening

A Poem by Doug Blair
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our multi-national corporate powers

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Ravening

 

 

 

You want it all.

The lakes and tar sands

Fresh water and fish

Arctic diamonds

Pipelines that confine

The caribou

And make the hunt ridiculous.

Forests for the churning

Of lusty, gossip press

And row houses

Like card houses

In six figure excess.

You set the price

You peg the share return

You fudge prospectus

Upon contingent prospectus.

You eyeball Brazil’s rubber

Argentina’s beef

And the yen’s stability.

Look for bottom line

In a bombshell.

You feed the college factories

With student debt

And prevarication.

You ruin IT marvels of innovation

With the barbs of bribed analysts.

You forestall needful medicines.

Your food franchises gorge your towns

And starve your staffs.

You stuff the sanctuaries

With hype and lifestyle

And trendy powerless slogans.

And dandle politicians

Like Punch and Judy.

But no one is laughing.

Moving jobs like pawns off-shore.

Buying justice by the pound.

You are the ravening

And the implacable.

You kill this place

In increments.

Chanting with pounded fist

“Business is business”.

And the odd one of us

Builds a cabin in the bush

And marvels at the night music

And lights.

© 2016 Doug Blair


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Doug Blair
Doug Blair

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada



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In my sixties. Married. Father of two. Disillusioned lawyer who put on the blue collar. Poet. Blogger. Nature hiker. Newsboy for Jesus. Lover of most things Scots. more..

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