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Unscrupulous Power
by Kathleen A Keena

Friday, January 13, 2006
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Unscrupulous Power

While unscrupulous power
from Washington to Walmart
The free world slides
into mythology
while we sing
My country 'tis of thee.

Those imports that knock down
U.S. economy
might be somebody's concern,
but we pay Walmart
three dollars for a shirt
made in China for thirty five cents,
by young women who sleep
between shifts
at their sewing machines.

Lou Dobbs was right.
Although few
are alarmed with
the politics of trade,
Internationally equal labor laws,
A living wage.

But how many of us in the U.S.
have to see
those girls with their bright,
youthful faces
turning toward the artifical sun
of the 24 hr a day factories?

The lights burn on,
the girls keeping sewing,
while unscrupulous power,
unchecked, is growing.

Kathy Keena
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