Revealing Empty Plates to a Full Table

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Avoiding remnants of commercial insignia
By sanitizing rusted knuckles with alcohol.

Testing the mettle of humanitarian soul
As disinfectant and paper fibers seep
Into serrated skin-
A thought of pain
For a revelation
In muted dogma.

What pledge manifests
As the faces of old gods are
Inserted into automatic hands
Forever stationed on vending machines?

A president’s worth
Measured in feigned nutrition-
We are what we eat
And we’re pampering greed
To sustain hunger.

Cognitive recognition
Tastes like empathy
When the body hums,
But the body fails to sing
When sympathetic
To distended stomachs.

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