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a hunchbacked nation


a nation with a hunchback

getting bigger every four years

uses it as a benefit


there's wheelchairs for everyone

and a specially reserved

parking place


near the front door of

a pharmacy where it cops

all the medicine imaginable


curing pain and

keeping you functional is

important for a peon


everything else depends

on how the budget's used

and that's always in flux


a doctor who

by popular opinion is mad

dissected departed hunchbacks


and discovered the hump to be

makeshift trash dumps full

of odd things


they were littered with

computers    empty pill jars

used syringes


automatic rifles          sheriff's' badges

a baby's booties       credit cards

cash registers


promissory notes        bad novels

westerns starring

John Wayne


speeches by George Bush

second mortgages and

eviction notices


despite our efforts

to stop this horrific



more people with

hunchbacks appear each

and every year


no cure has been found

and some think

there is none


believing their fate

one of power and affluence

is the same as Quasimodo's


who as Hugo tells us

was employed ringing a bell

at a cathedral in Paris






[Originally published in NHS 2004, http://www.poetspath.com/napalm/nhs04/Michael_Pingarron.html.]