Empty Men

Is this all we are?
empty men,
seeking comfort over all,
blind to the pain woven into our pillows?

forgetting the miner,
the hauler, the refiner,
forgetting the bullets let loose for this gold,
are we so stupid?
are we just fools?
Striving for naught –
only to minimize risk
by maximizing – what, exactly?
to begird a system where
the losers are wracked with pain and
the winners are wracked with boredom?

is this all we are?
empty men, blind to our own needs,
assuming that all a man needs to thrive is
taken from the fruits of a distant, hard-lived life?

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