Status Quo – A Poem by Rowe Williams

On a school playground as educational 
as the previously inhabited classrooms,
elementary students walk in loyal formation,
repeating after the charismatic

leader of the procession a chant
of advertising victory, a company
catchphrase that has captured their
youthful imaginations. Exuberantly,

vivaciously, they march across the
playground, learning the war cry
of capitalist crusade. But one
villainous contrarian opposes the chant

with its opposite, calling heretically, unknowingly
for rebellion, sedition against the economy
which has provided so abundantly
to everyone (who matters). 

This reprobate's opposition is
crushed, refuted as unfun and uncool,
and in his enforced isolation he learns
the sacredness of status quo.

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