Labor for Sale

Steel and glass
automaton fitted
with fiberglass dreams

Billows out economic
slaves in the name
of green backs
and consumption

Broken backs
and cracked hopes
gives rise to bitter mornings

Scramble for food
and coffee and then
the drive to that unholy
graveyard where the real
you goes to die

Old, grime-ridden toys
dot your basement,
reminiscent of a time
when life didn’t
have you in a vice
around the throat

Another day, another
dead dream within
the pile of refuse
that was once called

Adam Levon Brown is a published author, poet, amateur photographer, and cat lover. He is owner of Madness Muse Press; a micro-press that publishes dark poetry, and a book reviewer for Five 2 One Magazine. He has over 100 poems published in 9 different countries. He has been published in venues such as Burningword Literary Journal, Corvus Review, and Yellow Chair Review. Adam can be contacted via his website at where he offers free poetry resources. Also see his press at Read other articles by Adam Levon.