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You Get What You Ask for

I remember the days of knotted shoestrings
and the clothes tumbling in the dryer.
The many nights of hearing Mama crying.  
The old coal furnace gave up the ghost
and Dad had to borrow money to repair it.
My sister fell on a thumbtack and now can't see
but a shadow before her eyes.
I remember when it was safe to walk the streets
and churches never locked the door.
Now people don't even know who their neighbors are.  
People spend a lot of money on Smartphones but  
don't where their kids are, much less care.
Kids have no respect and that's the parent's fault.
Only in America can you desecrate the American flag  
and then laugh.  
Eight dollars for a hamburger! Now who is the fool?
Paying some idiot to put air in a flat tire.  
Putting a dollar in a machine for plastic bottled  
water.  
Paying taxes on the same thing year after year.  
Illegal immigrants get free medical care, but you  
don't.
There are people who want to destroy us, but no one  
really gives a shit as long as they can play their silly-
ass narcissistic game and blow smoke up your ass.  
I am not a perfect person but I am not ripping off  
people.  
Written by adagio
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