A Grace from the Usurer

In dubious honor of Robert Rector and the Heritage Foundation

“They can’t be poor.
They have refrigerators.
Let them afford their refrigerators.
Let them afford
the gift of the refrigerators we sell them.
Let them afford
some of the cost of the food
in the refrigerators we may repossess.

“Let them,
if they can and Oh . . .
Oh we think they can, know they will,
should agree to, pay interest on
credit cards for the food they lavish
on their refrigerators,
pay for the copper they borrow with the gold
we demand.

“So that,
they will have nothing left
to afford the painful luxury of their tears:
we do declare them happy.
And so shall they be.
And we shall be consoled.”

Richard Fenton Sederstrom was raised and lives in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona and the North Woods of Minnesota. Sederstrom is the author of seven books of poetry, his newest book, Icarus Rising, Misadventures in Ascension, published by Jackpine Writers' Bloc, was released last winter. Read other articles by Richard Fenton.