My father was a labor organizer
and my husband is a union steward.
My child went to college
with a scholarship from the union.
Now, I always worked more with roses
than with bread,
but I know that when the court
takes the support of benefitted workers
who are non-members
away from collective bargaining,
it is …
no, it is a not a beginning.
For we are already deep slice and sharp thorn
into dividing of rich and poor
and stripping those who fight for justice.
Very soon we will all
be trying to feed our children crumbs
and I fear it will be a time of beast forever
when the last petal falls.
“Hearts starve as well as bodies – give us bread but give us roses.”
Bread and Roses Strike 1912, Lawrence Textile Mills.