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poetry by j matthew waters

It’s all about the money


smile and play the tambourine little girl
the man said
and the little girl shook the tambourine

every fourth beat she struck it
against her palm

the streets were filled with foreigners
and many businessmen attracted
to the darkened rooms
barely lit by neon lights

outside the little girl shakes the tambourine
her soul sisters inside
in the darkened rooms
filled with neon lights

the man outside standing next
to the tambourine girl
animates his voice and gestures
joyously greeting and
beckoning passersby to come inside
to rest their weary minds

meanwhile the girls inside
shake shake shake
their tarnished tambourines


This poem is in response to a blog post by Lara Trace entitled BILLIONS TRAFFICKING AND ENSLAVING “DISPOSABLE PEOPLE”

“It’s all about the money. Human trafficking is insanely profitable. If you really think about it: You can sell a kilo of Heroin once; You can sell a 13-year-old girl 20 times a night, 365 days a year.”

To read Lara Traces’s blog post and learn what you can do please click HERE


july two thousand sixteen
copyright j matthew waters
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5 thoughts on “It’s all about the money

  1. A powerful, hard-hitting poem which is a sad indictment of the times in which we live.

  2. Lara/Trace on said:

    I appreciate this so much J Matthews. THIS trafficking ends with us, today, right now… if we demand it.

  3. Pingback: Billions trafficking and enslaving “disposable people” | lara

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