DEPENDENCE DAY

 

 

The shelves of supermarkets
are dependent on farmers,
               both foreign and domestic
               dependent on bankers—

               on tractor drivers, irrigators and brown skin labor,
                              both legal and illegal
                              looking for a better life

               to fill the trucks for grocery stores
               that fill our families’ bellies.

We are dependent on the weather and electricity
               to pump the water
               to grow the crops for harvest.

We are dependent on our phones and Internet
               to keep in touch
               with skewed news and friends
               lest we find ourselves alone
               for an hour—lest we begin
               to know our minds
               or even reason for ourselves.

We are dependent on the politicians
               dependent on corporate donations
               as they campaign to stay
               close to the feed bunks,
               instead of representing
               the workingman trying
               to pay for his consumption.

We are dependent on the planet
               as we carve up the heart
               of its landscape, as we spend
               its resources today
               instead of saving for tomorrow.

We are dependent on one another
               for love and understanding,
               for common sense
               and compassion.

And lastly, we are dependent on God
               and hope to hell
               He’s paying attention.

 

5 responses to “DEPENDENCE DAY

  1. Oh God IS paying attention!
    Thank you John
    JS

    Liked by 1 person

  2. I always loved that line…. “If you complain about the farmer – don’t do it with your mouth full.”

    Liked by 2 people

  3. I AM thankful for God and that He always pays attention. 🙂

    janet

    Liked by 1 person

  4. We are sure about “He” are we?

    Liked by 1 person

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