Muzzling the Ox


    Pablo Picasso

the wheels turn
grinding the wheat
or grinding at the steel
working`men work
not for the share 
for the wage

industry exists
management wants
more work for less pay
owners want profits
greater returns
on capital

resent unions
for demanding fair`
wages for the workers
who resent owners
for fat bonuses
on their dime 

wealth wields
the people’s power
it serves its own ends
workers will suffer
Capital knows
no shame

“I saw militiamen level their rifles
     at a crowd of workingmen who were trying
     to get other workingmen to stay away from
         a shop where there was a strike on.
     Government in action.”~ Carl Sandburg


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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5 Responses to Muzzling the Ox

  1. The battle never ends! I am a Union person from way back…

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