Lactation Nation

When crying hungers in living rooms,
fear leaks from the nipple,
and mother cradles to secure voter lips,
the excuse for empire.

Spoon-fed broadcasts
meet up with a teething show
and run down from chins
onto bibs for cynics.

Mistaken for the couch occupant
by eyeballs and ears
that cushioned lingo confuses,
national security interest
slouches in electronic devices.

Crude, raw materials, and precious metals
under villages in Africa belong
in automobiles or cell phones
owned in peaceful neighborhoods overseas.

Standing in for the poor children
(old enough to know better)
the masters over money and minerals
dislodge from future refugees tantalum
and then school to enslave.

Rich Murphy’s credits include the 2008 Gival Press Poetry Award for Voyeur; a first book, The Apple in the Monkey Tree (Codhill Press); chapbooks, Great Grandfather (Pudding House Press), Family Secret (Finishing Line Press), Hunting and Pecking (Ahadada Books), Rescue Lines (Right Hand Pointing), and Phoems for Mobile Vices (BlazeVox); poems in Rolling  Stone, Poetry, Grand Street, Trespass, New Letters, Pank, Segue, and  Confrontation; and essays in The International Journal of the Humanities, Fringe, Journal of Ecocriticism, Reconfigurations: A Journal for Poetics Poetry / Literature and Culture, Folly Magazine, among others.  Rich lives in Marblehead, MA.