While you’re busy lusting over a cart
crammed full of credit card acquired
cheap Chinese crap and mass produced art,

created by corporate slaves,
working for less money than they can save,

there is a man who wanders the streets with a cart
full of everything he’s got left in this world.

Some people can feast for a thousand years,
while other’s only dinner is the salt of their own tears.

It ain’t about giving up every little thing you’ve got,
so that everyone who has is like everyone who has not,

but we’re racing to the future, and there’s some values we forgot,
like caring and sharing with those who society ain’t got.

If you really think about it we don’t need a whole lot,
but we’re all busy photographing every item we just bought,

as if that’ll fix all the problems in this world mounting high,
while we’re all busy trading pieces of the same pie.

Tell me. What do we really need?

D.L. Lang
D.L. Lang
D.L. Lang of Vallejo, CA is the author of nine poetry collections, including 2016's Poet Loiterer which Kirkus Reviews described as containing "Free-spirited ideals couched in fairly infectious rhymes." She enjoys performing her poems at open mics and entering them in county fairs.