A Reading From the Book of Joad


They breathe profits
they eat the interest on money
if they don’t get it they die
the way you die without air, without side meat.

The bank is something more than men
I tell you; it’s the monster
Men made it
but they can’t control it.

It is easier for a camel
to pass through the eye of a needle
than for a rich man
to enter the Kingdom of God

Speak up for those
who cannot speak for themselves
for the rights of all
who are destitute

for when the majority of people
are hungry and cold
they will take what they need;
when property accumulates in too few hands
it is taken away

For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat
I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink
Whatever you did not do for the least among you
you did not do for me

How can you frighten a man
whose hunger is in the wretched bellies
of his children?
You can’t
for he knows a fear beyond any other

I see the seeds we’re sowing
the grapes of wrath are growing
on the vine
Heed these words Oh children
that ye may be saved!





About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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2 Responses to A Reading From the Book of Joad

  1. beetleypete says:

    I hope someone’s listening, Frank. I really do. Nice stuff mate.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. jfwknifton says:

    Yes, all true, I’m afraid/ Those who do not learn from history are destined to repeat it.

    Liked by 1 person

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