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