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College Admissions by Joseph S. Pete

[tabby title="Poem"] The rich like to lecture you about meritocracywhile they slip fat stacks of greasy bills into the handsof corrupt admissions officers at elite universities. The rich like to lecture you about hard workwhile you put in grueling 12-hour...

Lost and Searching by Joseph S. Pete

[tabby title="Poem"] At age seventeen, I smoked a million cigarettes,sucked down a million coffin nails in acute sorrow,wandered lost and lonely down desolate trails,wondered if my life would ever be less raw and painful. At age seventeen, I bummed around...

Things the World Desperately Needs by Joseph S. Pete

[tabby title="Poem"] Kindness, consideration,sympathy, empathy, doing unto othersas you would have them do unto you. Just a little basic decency, a smidge of humanity,a recognition of the inherent and unassailable dignityof other human beings. Seriously, what the hell is wrong...

Wasted by Joseph S. Pete

[tabby title="Poem"] Laze through a daze of wasted days, greasy fast-food wrappers on the floorboard, a half full ashtray, a half tank of gas and nowhere to go, aimlessly cruising a labyrinth of half-empty strip malls dotting the topographically challenged...

They Steal Everything by Joseph S. Pete

[tabby title="Poem"] Oh nascent soul in a starched Oxford, know that corporate inevitably grinds you down, takes your time, your hustle, your ambition, your early mornings and late nights at the office, missed time with family and friends. They steal...