troubles have you brought upon yourself?
your machines that spew black smoke?
have broken from nature.
have broken from the past.
you hear the powerful sounds of the locomotive
crossing the river?
longer can you go back to simpler times.
is progress you say.
have new medicines
technologies to get things done
we have time to ponder the mysteries of the universe.
soot blackens the sky and trees.
peppered moth had to change its clothes for you.
at the bottom are miserable
they work and toil in the mines and factories.
at the top happily counting the money
they earned on the backs of the poor.
services for the poor are work.
in dangerous conditions.
is the loss of a hand to you, factory owner?
is the loss of a life?
a machine part to replace.
a new fabric dye for your textiles.
see that their clothes are dyed in blood.
see the mummified corpses used for paint.
many ignore it.
know what’s happening.
cry tears of black ink onto their pages
about change in government
spoke of economics.
wrote of social change.
wrote of the children’s cry.
wrote of evolving.
dismissed it trying to fight against that so-called religious abomination.
to an extreme.
they can’t find a way to live,” the rich man said,
they deserve to die!”
the surplus population.