Saturday, June 6, 2009

What Ifs*

We had read:

“Transcending one’s class is living
the dreams of the labouring class,
becoming the labouring class,
being the labouring class.”

What if we did hew our disparate lives
with the steady hands
of the toiling classes,
and grasped history with a proletarian’s mind?

What if we did reckon our days,
like men and women for others --
for brothers and sisters exploited
and bridled?

What if we did become the spark
that lit the prairie fire --
ending man's exploitation
of man?

Musings of a petit-bourgeois...

We muse instead, who took the path
less bloody.

*Chapter 4, Fractured Memories

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