Unbroken Chains


Slavery does not always come with chains

The sad practice to this day remains

Where the impoverished can never break

The bondage to the money they make


Employers swell in the profits they gather

Accumulated wealth is all that matters

And the tired hands that see the profits won

Do without when the long day is done


Success only measured by the stock price

Corporate greed becomes an accepted vice

But unchanged are the lives of our neighbors

Left so poorly rewarded for their labors


Just be happy that you are employed

Let that keep your spirits buoyed

Be glad there is a bus that goes this far

As you will never afford a decent car


They act if they are doing us a favor

By so undervaluing good labor

Each day they are put to full use

In a job they are scared to lose


But it does not have to be this way

Struggling for the pittance paid

And there within a minimal wage

Slaves they are in a gilded cage


14 Responses to “Unbroken Chains”
  1. yassy says:

    An outstanding poem that describes very beautifully well the current state of affairs of people and power politics. Your pen has the power to sweep the reader into the spirit of this piece.

    Your work is spectacular, Brad. Your craftsmanship is amazing. I truly am honoured when you visit my page.

  2. beth says:

    absolutely right and well said

  3. kristianw84 says:

    I love the analogy of the cage. It baffles me how people cannot understand that concept. So many people believe that their work defines them. They live to work rather than the other way around. Added to the list! So well written, my dear friend!

  4. Beautiful! You have said it very well my friend. Inequality, the plight of the poor, the enslavement by the rich… Those are problems we face as a global society and they are so serious, they represent life or death, and must be dealt with. Lamentably, I see no country on earth with a leader capable of leading the fight towards resolving them…

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