Poems of the Week

Millionaire’s Shortfall

by Nora Jay

“I met two T-shirt vendors who had parked their carts, full of Trump hats, hoodies and pins, in the path of the attendees. Angel Gaudet and Skaheen Thompson, both from South Carolina, have been following Trump to his rallies since his 2016 campaign. …
I asked if they would support higher taxes for millionaires if it meant that people like them would get free healthcare. Gaudet didn’t hesitate. ‘No, because one day we might be the millionaires.’”
—The Guardian

O what could hearten Mammon more
Than such accommodating prayers:
The aspirations of the poor
To be as mean as millionaires?