Match that, Mao!

For those who have been fretting
About the People’s Republic of China
Surpassing the U.S.A.
In various economic indicators
There is new reason
To feel proud
Just a few days ago
The U.S. Census Bureau released figures
Showing that the child poverty rate
In God’s Own Favorite Nation
Doubled in 2022.
Think of what a breathtaking achievement
That is –
Twice as many children
With insufficient nutrition
Inadequate housing
Scant medical care
Little or no access to clean water
As the year before.
And there is no reason to believe
Given the determination of our government
To impoverish more and more
Of our fellow Americans
In order to enrich a few
Smuggers at the very top
Of the epicurean food chain
That the doubling won’t continue.
Match that, Mao!


Buff Whitman-Bradley’s newest book is And What Will We Sing? a collection of protest and social justice poems spanning the last 25 years. He podcasts at and lives with his wife, Cynthia, in northern California. Read other articles by Buff.