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They sit at the banquet

unfold their rights

place them on laps

While strangers serve

platters of meat and gravy

they banter like roosters

toast this and that


Some wait for the host

to pass the privileges

savor each course

Others snatch

whatever convenient

stuff their mouths

They reach for our rights


on which to wipe

lips and hands

but the rights have fallen

on the floor, ignored

out of reach —

then they ask strangers

to find and bring them more


— t. l. cummings

Image found on Pinterest.

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