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If I, in fact, am nothing but a sponge
To absorb the daily rush of life in
An industrial wasteland mired with
All the problems plaguing urban
Culture—it’s a fact of life they argue
Though your colors show you’ve got
Barely even a thought to what it’s
Like to live outside the rings
Society constructs from those
Who have and those who want
And those who need but never get
Anything more but spare change
And a look of pure contempt—

If I, in fact, am nothing but a sponge
To absorb the mixed media messages
And spit them out to make the glue
On this papier mâché raiment
That I don from day to day
To show off all my favorite brands
To tell the world of what I make
To tell the world that I do take
And take and take and take
And leave behind a trail of breadcrumbs
Leading myself not to home
But to the top, to what’s “in”—

If I, in fact, am nothing but a sponge
To suck up all the energy of those
Working around me I suppose
I do it best by flitting here and
Flighting there and caring not
How pale my skin looks in the light
Or that the apples around my room
Glow warmly through the night
Or that my wallet’s empty all the time
I’m living more on borrowed dimes
I eat as though I’ve never seen a
Good meal in my life but hours later
I’m complaining that I’m hungry once again
I take and take and take and take
But what do I make?

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