Slaving away at these pages
Society told me I’d get higher wages
Instead all I’ll get is higher debt
Higher learning and education beget
Bills: the only thing I own
Now I’m an indentured servant to the banking institution
It’s the new form of prostitution
Creditors the new pimps, the new thugs
Collecting money; the most exploited drug
Gonna pay till my skin and bones smolder down
I’ll be free when my ashes are spread around
Creditors can’t find me
in Dante’s purgatory
Thought education was a natural right
Interest loops around my neck yanking tight
But like everything else, it comes with a price tag
I suffocate and gag
Cheeks colored like the Japanese sun
Face is about to explode like after the war was won
When the atomic bombs fertilized the land
The concept “free education for all” banned
Like the Catcher in the Rye.
Health, education, shelter, food; one must buy.
You’re only as free as your purchasing power
We are just the falling petals of a flower.
Sick, illiterate, homeless, starving; dried-up
Our only freedoms lie-in the Urn cup.
“Why did you do it then?” people ask me
I guess I rather take my chance with a degree
You gambled on that house and auto
Now you’re using a penny to scratch off that lotto
Thought you avoided that “balance due”
Ducked out on higher education but bills still accrue.
Foreclosure signs are sprouting up in the yard
Overdrawn on your credit card
We’re all on the same boat
Participated in signing those promissory notes
Just depends on what debt you chose
Our spirits will continue to be bulldozed.
I adopted a child and named her Sallie Mae
Can’t have a child until I repay
Signed those papers so I could get an education
Instead signature approved financial castration
Bank statements slowly paper cutting the casing
Down my legs the blood is racing
From my reproductive glands
Holding them in my hands
One last time.
Blood and slime
Squeezing thru my fingers
Resembles raw chicken skin, a smell lingers.
Higher education is money trap; with an increase
Of mental prowess comes a decrease
For humanity to have advances
Education is the tool
But society is run by greedy fools
Herding sheep on barren ground
While swimming in dirty money abound.
Unfortunately it’s a society of credentials
Killing the youth’s potentials
By teaching distorted courses
Fattening up the armed forces
While schools lose weight.
I’ll be a part of that unemployment rate
Or maybe a janitor with a degree
Time will only tell or,.. time will be stripped from me.
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