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from Lorem Ipsum by Johnny High Ground

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How many times have we been through
this conversation before?
You’re terrified to step into the world
right outside your door anymore.
You answer empty hands with empty words of sympathy
and clutch the silver in your pocket like a rosary.
You’d love to help, except
you know he’d take it to the liquor store,
which is what you planned to use it for.

And maybe I should be upset, but
mainly, I’m just sick to death of
what lies behind your reptilian eyes.
Why am I surprised?

Now here’s a new wave of nostalgia
for the glorious Eighties.
That mercenary ethic just ain’t what it used to be.
You count your profits
while you tie the scapegoat to the stake.
You talk of “decency,”
and laugh through the commercial break.
Now we’re back, for an attack on charity,
with no time for replies today.

So how’s the view from that high horse you rode in on?
Watch where you step around here.
It’s all so distant from behind your podium,
swearing your motive’s sincere.
Pay no attention to this intervention;
you’re not likely to, anyway.
But it may not always be so easy to turn away.

Who needs compassion when your money
tears all obstacles down?
But who’ll be there to catch you
when your time to fall comes around,
and that paper cushion’s pulled out?
You stand behind your indefensible philosophy.
It’s gotta take a lot of work
to build up to that kind of stupidity.
You must get up pretty early in the morning,
but how do you sleep at night?

Oh no, we’re out of time…


from Lorem Ipsum, released February 16, 2011


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