I don't need anything at Wallmart......

In china she's fifteen going on twenty five sleeps beneath the
workbench at night
By day she dyes the newest colors on
designer jeans
For twelve hours a day she dreams
of a father who will come for her
Taking her back from the bastard
that comes to her at night

In Pakistan thhe fifteen year old breaths in the fumes of
melted polystyrene
and wonders what is this thing called plastic
A strange looking toy that shoots
little rockets and roars while
walking stiffly
He thinks one day he will go to where
toys like this are played
with and go to school
to be a doctor and cure
the rash on his hands

She just turned seventy one and starts her
day saying "welcome to wallmart"
Thinking of how shes going to pay
for her prescriptions
tomorrow at the
counter she doesn't want to smile
today

And in a small town in Ohio an old farmer
promises his best crop field to the
suits on the other side of the desk
who promise another check
next week for sure
But remembers the sun drenched
of waving golden
wheat fields

And in Washington a panel of congressmen and
women sign a bill to subsidise taxed corporations
that promise to hire more people
and table the bill to raise the minimum
wages of all our sins






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FatFreddysCat 3 years ago from The Garden State

"Wal-Mart" is spelled with one "l." Just sayin'.


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phdast7 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Excellent and moving poem. The inequities in thee world and in our nation have grown into serious injustices. Yet the power people act as if they do not see or understand the truth. An Important poem, thank you. Theresa

Sharing, of course.


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GusTheRedneck 3 years ago from USA

Howdy Ed -(ahorseback) -

Sure enough. The list could go on and on until a good writer like you ran out of ink or keystrokes...

I am given to consider that this sort of universal set of woes is why the institution, religion overall, has always fared so well. Who would not want to look forward to better times in the "hereafter?"

Smiling at the person standing next to you does both of you well.

Gus :-)))


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Mr Archer 3 years ago from Missouri

We feel the same, I promise you. Wal Mart has gotten too big, and forgotten what Sam Walton desired: helping the little people. It's all about the money, not the people anymore. How very sad.


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Nikkij504gurl 3 years ago from Louisiana

Its sad how the world works.


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cleaner3 3 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

and obama rolls on .. power corrupts amd absolute power corrupts absolutely. this the global economy at work , if America would stop being everything to everybody we would not be in the mess we are in .


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April Reynolds 3 years ago from Arizona

heartbreaking, because it's so true. well written


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Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Heartbreaking and not fun. I hate to shop at Wal-mart and K-mart isn't any better. I work really hard not to buy things that are not made in the US. In this town, Wal-mart is a good job, they are consistent and the factories have all cut way back with many closed. And we are still told that we are doing much better in this country than we were. Another factory closed last week. And those who were struggling before are paying twice as much taxes while struggling harder now.


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JayeWisdom 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

For years I've been boycotting WalMart and other stores (online and off) that are stocked with imports from China, Thailand, Vietnam, etc,--anywhere but made in the USA. When I buy from an online vendor, I look for "country of origin" for a product. If it isn't there, I write an email and ask, chat with an agent and ask or phone and ask. If it's imported, I say "no thanks." I have my mailing address (USPS and email) taken off mailing lists of companies whose products all read "import." I do without a lot of things, but don't care!


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

An unpleasant but brutal reality. How you can make children labor I'll never know. Our country is overrun with unemployed people, poor people and bums all of whom would be more than glad to slave for Walmart. Shall I send them on over? Other than that I'm glad they haven't opened up a store here. Powerful message and I'm passing this on.


Beth37 3 years ago

This is a subject that is close to my heart.


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Hi everyone ! I was just on a rant about our culture ! Unfortunately the economy especially forces that most of us have to buy cheaper and cheaper to survive . I mean its hundred dollar designer jeans or we go to wallmart ? Every time I read about a kid of twelve in a factory though , it makes me want to never buy there !.....Have a great day all !


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Theresa , Your opinion is important , A wise woman !


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BlissfulWriter 3 years ago

That's profound -- both the picture and the poem.

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