Money Buys

They talk in bright

kelly greens and

sunny yellows,

using words like

empowerment

responsibility

community

love.

I think about where

I’ve been –

rotting wood floors,

moldy brown ceilings,

walls that shivered with

the cold from outside.

We consider uses for

laptops and robots,

3D printers and multimedia projects,

and I remember

hands empty,

not enough

textbooks

paper

pencils

to go around.

Money buys

opportunity

and I feel the canyon

distance between what was,

what will be.

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