The family of eight cobbles day and night,
survives on a ruthless shoestring
fashioning pedigreed plutocrats' filigreed velvet
so at least their youngest doesn't go hungry or
Systemic beatdowns when they got sick, couldn't work
or buy bread.
Dickensian distortions --times are now different, of
Chocolate or pale, pulled over for trivial traffic violation
taking kids to see Pluto at Disneyland, cascading
expired car registration/
fines/fees, can't make bail, jail serves as a warehouse/ collection agency
that shellacs twelve million detentions a year, most of whom are poor,
mentally ill, school failures, homeless, non-violent
nada public rehab programs available --the pity the
horror the waste of it.