shoulder to shoulder

one of those

had that academic

gentle way of sneering

that I didn’t know what

I was talking about

of course I sized him up

thinking a long throw

into that soft underbelly

& a knee to the head

as he crumpled up

would do the job proper

but I was in his world

& that kind of behavior

is frowned upon

yet

his condescension was not

no matter

I offered to take him

& his entourage

anybody he might

feel necessary to take with

into my world

& there maybe

he could check his perceptions

against mine

that the working class

were the salt of the earth

with fellow feeling to the fore

shoulder to shoulder

against the capitalist overlords…

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