Youth and Decay

Run along now, li’l one
get home safe
the pavement is crowded
the road is bustling

mother is kitty partying
father is gambling
elder sister is getting laid
brother is street fighting

run along now, li’l one
before a shadow follows
you in the dark alley
into your dreams

customs officials bribed
policemen two steps behind
bankers forging signatures
government imposing bans

run along now, li’l one
eat all you can
before food becomes a luxury
and receipt a necessity

poverty clings on bones
in fallow lands
richness sucks goodness
out of humanity

run along now, li’l one
earn what you want
let no grandpa buy you
for what you need

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