Liz’s Weekly Poetry Series: Park Avenue

by lizard

Last night I watched the documentary Park Avenue: money, power and the American Dream. It’s a maddening summation of American greed. It inspired a poem that I think stands on its own, but would make more sense after watching the documentary.

And here’s the poem:


there are those who live above us
worship money like a god
certain words elude them
little words, like enough
billions on top of billions
piled on Park Avenue
the opulence insane
from gutting capital gains
the world doesn’t need
these greed-infested men
their tumor-pools of wealth
are slowly killing millions
somewhere there’s a doctor
scalpel at the ready
who knows before the healing
the cutting may get bloody
but to let the cancer go
is to consign the body to death
in whatever way we can
we must protect what’s left

—William Skink

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