Sonnet #98

They meant well, the men who killed the world

They didn’t want children to starve to death
They didn’t want darkness to frighten poor girls
Walking home late. The fast food killed health
But bought time for women who worked so hard
The oil was good, the car brought wealth
Buy a big house out where the schools reward
The kids who escape the pull of the streets
They meant well, these men, They built their hoarde
pumping good wells, grow so much food, winter heat
Pump so much oil, good jobs in the coal yard and oil fields 
for family men. This way our nation’ll never be beat
Of course they scowl once the cost weighs down the wheel
They scoff at folks who tell them off. They’ll never yield.
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