Pimping The Common Wealth
She seemed painfully resolute
to remain a beautiful prostitute.
So they would come from near and far
to purchase pieces of her.
And in her ignorance
she would sell the best of herself,
signing away her means and ways
in lop sided agreements.
Stifling every avenue
that could save her,
and taking the dirty end
of every deal on the table.
An army protects her pimps from
the people who elected them as representatives,
exposing her children, elders and all else
to the horrors of their choices most destructive.
Remaining in a cycle of debt
and instructed how to repay
by generous pimps ‘leash holders’
as disclosed at parliamentary debates.
But history has taught
that old prostitutes don’t earn,
when they are only bought and sold
until at that age when they finally learn.
Political pimps will never do her justice
until her own people start making
more realistic and productive choices
and stop leaving her open for the taking.
Ria – 2013