Poems of the Week

A Minor Inconvenience

by Steven Kent

“‘It’s just crazy’: Republicans attack US child labor laws as violations rise”
The Guardian

Repeal the laws and drop the fines
And get these youngsters to the mines!
It’s time we turn back history’s page
To let them earn an honest wage,
For work will teach both sage and fool
So much he’ll never learn in school.

Our groceries, diner kitchens, pet shops,
Mills and farms and factory sweatshops
Need cheap labor, yes indeedy.
Unions? Kids, now don’t get greedy!