Supreme Court on Janus v. AFSCME

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.

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4 Responses to Supreme Court on Janus v. AFSCME

  1. mark wendorf says:

    Amen, Loren. My grandfather was a 55 year member of IBEW. I too worked as a union organizer right out of seminary and have always been active in any religion/labor work. Thanks for remembering the organized workers of our land.

    • Maren says:

      Thank you, Mark. It is my fear that, as liberal Christians in fairly comfortable churches, we may weep this week at the Supreme court decision on the travel ban (which is somewhat distant from us) but miss completely this judgment which is on the very same vector of protecting the rich and privileged.

  2. Titia Bozuwa says:

    That is the most “down” utterance in poetry I ever heard from you, Maren…But…I share that darkness. We are at a very perilous intersection in our American lives. We will have to climb out of our depression and find the fight within our souls to counter the demons. I saw it happen in the forties and i hoped I would never see it again…
    Chin up. We survived the nazis once. We can do it twice.

    • Maren says:

      Ah, I am a bit jeremiah-whiney I guess. We will resist and we will survive. I think that approaching July 4 makes me feel more sad about how we are failing to live up to the nation we should be. Thank you for your words of encouragement.

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