April 18, 2019 Poetry , POETRY / FICTION

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Ben White




Taxing the Silence of Interest



Jeffersonian education,

Healthcare, social services,

Defense, farm subsidies,

School lunches, infrastructure,

Assistance for the poor –


People keeping score

Say don’t help the needy,

Or the huddled masses,

And don’t use the government

To lift the less fortunate

Out of poverty

Because those people –


Those people –


Need to work

And pay their own way…


So American society

Complains about paying taxes

While not thinking twice –


Maybe not thinking at all –


About paying the interest

On credit and debt

That funds the leisure,

The luxury,

The lifestyle


Of Capitalists

Who do nothing

More productive

Than discover ways

To make more money,


As we pay

For someone else’s penthouse

At 15% APR






Ben White

Author of the books, Buddha Bastinado Blues and The Kill Gene, Ben White thought he was a poet, only to find out he is not a poet at all. He is a witness. What he writes is testimony.

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