The Penny Level

George Zebrowski

As he watched his blood flow
through a tube into a bottle,
He thought of a saved life
enforcing a foreign policy,
with no way to avoid the thought.
A married life goes home,
then out again to finally die
on a mission of empire.
But the blood donors, the tax payers,
the voters
are all complicit
at the penny level
of connivance,
at the bottle-of-blood level.
While those who say it clearly
might just as well be mute.

Somewhere in a foreign place,
my pennies of tax taste blood,
Signed for on a tax form,
and taken from me
with a postage stamp.

George Zebrowski

George Zebrowski is an award-winning novelist, story writer, poet, essayist, editor, and lecturer, with work in Nature and World Literature Today , among many other publications.


As he watched his blood flow through a tube into a bottle, He thought of a saved life enforcing a foreign policy, with no way to avoid the thought. A married life goes home, then out again to finally die on a mission of empire. But the blood donors, the tax payers, the voters are …

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