Tuesday, June 3, 2014

"70,000 Hoops"

What is it you need:
A job?
A loan?
A doctor’s visit?
An—ugh—insurance claim?

Here’s seventeen forms
And a roll of red tape

We need your picture
Your fingerprints
Eight forms of identification
And a letter of recommendation

What’s your income?
Are you married?
Do you have kids?
What color is your skin?

Sign the dotted line
And initial eighty times

Only to hear
Your case is under review
We’ll get back to you (“soon”)
Sixty days or six to eight weeks
Number thirty-something on the waiting list

Oh so very glad
It’s not the same with God
No hoops to jump
No red tape
(Just red Blood—
already spilled)

All you have to do:
Simply believe
—You’re pre-approved

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