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not a real number: sqrt(-49)
if you work, you need $
if you need $, you are not in control
if you are not in control, someone else is controlling you
that someone else has the $
if you drink or do drugs, you are not aware
someone who has $ is making it easy for you to drink or do drugs
if you work, your reward per corporate smile is to get high
when you are unaware and not in control of your $
someone else is changing the way you live
your wage is lowered
your expenses are higher
you work away more years
you lose time, $, and energy
when you are tired, you do not study
when you do not study
you are obtuse
when you are obtuse
someone else is crafty
they make laws to change taxes & take more of your $
we all need to work
but we don't need much $
we can do with much less
when we work less, we have more time to study
when we study, we are not obtuse ~ we are sharp
when we are sharp, we will stop drinking and getting high
when we are sober and sharp, we see through fog
we cut through bullshit
and we have $
when we are sober, sharp, have $, and see through bullshit
we can make changes
we can see who is in control
this is frightening for those in control
they may fight back
if we persevere
to move forward and remove bad
we may change the balance to good
when we are in control and see above the confusion
we should reach our hand down
to pull up the next sharp mind
keep reaching though the fog
every hand you reach to pull up counts
we have them outnumbered
no matter who we are

© ruth follmann

inspired by the words of Malcom X

“I certainly wasn't seeking any degree, the way a college confers a status symbol upon its students. My homemade education gave me, with every additional book that I read, a little bit more sensitivity to the deafness, dumbness and blindness that was afflicting the black race in America. Not long ago, an English writer telephoned me, asking questions. One was, "What's your alma mater?" I told him, "Books.”
Alex Haley, The Autobiography of Malcolm X

~from Goodread quotes. Web. 1 Dec. 2013.