The Revolution – by Sparrow


When I am President, the revolution
will come, and we will all be in it,
even the rich. Everyone is in a
revolution, on one side or the other. The
rich fight the poor, and the poor
fight the police. This is how the
world has always been.
It’s true, in 1909, a few
anarchists went directly to the offices
of rich men and shot them, but that
never caught on. The poor love fighting
the police, because it is what they know.
And the police adore fighting the poor, because it is what they know.

The poor enjoy winning revolutions, but they don’t mind losing, because losing is familiar to them,
while the police hate losing revolutions;
if they lose they are disgraced.
And the rich always in, even if they are
Shot and killed. They win, or
Their lawyers win, which is the same thing.

Even if the revolution is completely
successful, and their factories are smashed and then nationalized, the rich will sneak
off to Switzerland, speak to a banker; and build three new factories in Taiwan.
The rich are unstoppable, while the poor are easily stoppable.
Every day the poor stop themselves numerous times
from’ swearing at the boss and kicking him.
The poor have a tremendous – and justified – fear of being fired, for bad as it is to be poor,
it is worse to starve. While the rich have no
fear of being fired, as they have no job.

Why bother to have a revolution then?
It is fate. The rich must suffer the
occasional sting of uprising, to repay them
for their world-destroying greed.
And I, as President, will bring on the revolution, to
humble these vicious men, and their
well-meaning wives.



About Bruce Louis Dodson

Bruce Louis Dodson is an American expat now living in Borlänge, Sweden with his wife, cat and dog. He is an artist and world traveler who writes fiction and poetry and practices photography in his less than copious free time. His work has appeared in: Barely South Review - Boundaries Issue, Blue Collar Review, Pulsar Poetry (UK), Foliate Oak, Breadline Press West Coast Anthology . The E-buffet, Qarrtsiluni, Struggle Magazine, Pearl Literary Magazine, Contemporary Literature Review: India, 3rd Wednesday, Sleeping Cat Books - Trip of a Lifetime Anthology, Northern Liberties Review, Authors Abroad - Foreign & and Far Away Anthology, The Path, Page & Spine, The Crucible, Sleeping Cat Books -Trips of a Lifetime, Vine Leaves, Pirene's Fountain,Tic Toc Anthology - Kind of a Hurricane Press, Cordite Poetry Review, Buffalo Almanac and mgv2.
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4 Responses to The Revolution – by Sparrow

  1. authorjim says:

    Good one, Bruce. The political world in a nutshell.

  2. And we keep hoping it will change.

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