excess wheat

Is this the pulp of commerce
shaped and sphered by idle hands,
squashed, pancaked, rolled into thin cylinders,
then placed back into the same pockets?
what benefit was the shaping –
a neat division to hide its abundance?
a mummer’s trick?
does the pretension of work
or the act of holding in the hand grant rights –
to possess, to deserve,
to allowably hoard?

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