The Chartered Healthcare Lord’s Prayer

Our father, who art in Hades,
Dread sovereign be thy name,
Thy reign of terror one,
Thy will be done on Earth,
As it is in Hell.

Give us these human commodities, our daily profit margin,
And forgive us our lust for yet greater and greater rapine,
As we shall forgive ourselves for trespassing on those with Medicaid.

Lead us not unto compassion and morality,
But deliver us from the Oath.
Thine is the dominion,
The rapacious power and the terror,
As we ravage the mind of man forever,

David Penner has taught English and ESL within the City University of New York and at Fordham. His articles on politics and health care have appeared in CounterPunch, Dissident Voice, Dr. Linda and KevinMD; while his poetry has been published with Dissident Voice. Also a photographer, he is the author of three books: Faces of Manhattan Island, Faces of The New Economy, and Manhattan Pairs. He can be reached at: 321davidadam@gmail. Read other articles by David.