The One Percent: A Poem

Search form

The One Percent: A Poem

The One Percent: A Poem
Fri, 11/16/2012 - by John Clark

The one percent

Tallest clouds, closer to god

And the music of the spheres

Bask in its height

In its ingenuity

In its inheritance,

Filled with the qualities

Toward which lower forms need aspire:

Language, politesse,

Work Ethic

And the most appreciable quality of any,

Money,

Which is the point

Of what we are always, all ways about —

How much remains,

Floating,

Like penthouse cream

Above the milk of common habitation

And, once theft surrenders to history,

Valuation of the ninety-nine in the eyes of

One god,

Angry,

Vituperative,

Vengeful,

Ready to condemn,

Stoking Hell’s righteous fires

Against the chill of wrong belief

And the threat of low return on investment.

Article Tabs

78 percent of beginning farmers polled by the National Young Farmers Coalition list lack of capital as the biggest challenge they face when trying to start up their own farm.

Newly revealed documents offer rare insight into how Koch’s philanthropic operation prods academics to preach a free market gospel in exchange for cash.

The department was given equipment to fight terrorism but it's now being used to fight local communities.

Organizers haven't been shy about their underlying intentions: using the September march in Manhattan as a platform on which to build an international environmental social movement unlike any previously seen.

"We know it is fraud. They know it is fraud. We look to anyone brave enough to stand up and defend the rights of the people," says homeowner defender Sherry Hernandez.

If you want to fully understand the game at play in the bankruptcies and privatization of public assets in Detroit, Argentina, and Europe, play Monopoly.

Posted 4 days 12 hours ago

In exonerating two climate activists, Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter said climate change was "one of the gravest crises our planet has ever faced," and he found political leadership on the issue "lacking."

Posted 6 days 10 hours ago

Britain’s political system is broken to the point where many people in Northern England actually want to join Scotland to escape austerity measures.

Posted 3 days 11 hours ago

As the world prepares to converge on New York City in a mass call for climate justice, the Metropolitan Museum of Art will honor David H. Koch, a 4-star general in the dirty energy industry’s war against planet Earth.

Posted 6 days 10 hours ago

SeaChange: We All Live Downstream is a two-week journey by boat that's raising awareness and generating community activism around climate issues before people hit the streets in Manhattan.

Posted 5 days 12 hours ago

Much of America’s drinking water and wastewater infrastructure needs attention, but critics worry that a new funding bill could be a pipeline to government-subsidized privatization.

Thursday's daring arrest in Houston comes ahead of a national week of action being called by Tar Sands Blockade, with over 60 actions reported nationwide.

Poem: America, Where Are You Now?

I make $7.25 an hour, and this work breaks my back; my government says I'm lazy, seeking an easy track.

L.A. Port Shut Down by Striking Workers

The largest terminal at the Port of Los Angeles and three terminals at the neighboring port of Long Beach remains shut down by striking clerical workers.

Occupy Fresno celebrates 246 days of continuous occupation.

This week in Occupy, Scott Walker is sadly still Wisconsin’s governor, a judge ruled the indefinite detention provision of the NDAA to be unconstitutional, Occupy won major victories in New York and Seattle, Occupy Fresno became the longest-running encampment in the country and everyone who was anyone wrote the Movement’s obituary.

Sign Up