Source of Inspiration

Today all of Brazil
dances the Samba.
Streets are filled
with dancers in costumes
that cost more than a year’s salary
and barely covers any
part but the head.

New Orleans mirrors
Rio de Janeiro with parades
balls, drinking and doubloons.

In both cities there
is great poverty.
People die by the thousands in Rio
as rain washes away
shanties made of
garbage bags and tears.

I think of all the money spent these
days just prior to Lent
when people have one last fling
before the 40 days begin.

I wonder that people cannot see
the arrogant, uncaring foolishness of
Carnival when nearby a
child dies of hunger
another because there is no money
for medicine she needs, and
families huddle cold, wet and desperate
listening to the laughter of fools
dancing in the streets.

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