My prose poem for voting & slightly Bernie

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It’s hard to hope – when every time you do, you get slapped down. Now is the time to step out on faith. Vote Bernie! Vote 100% (that means YOU)! – Photo: AfroPunk

by Lisa ‘Tiny’ Gray-Garcia, POOR Magazine

Fighting for the crumbs –  

Cuz that’s all we have, Sun

EBT SSI Section 8

Hardly anything left on the

Poor peoples’ plate

So yeah, it’s time to vote for number 3 of the dusty wite campaign slate

I don’t endorse any politricksters, but I’m scared for our crumbs this time, fam

So yeah, I’m talking ‘bout Bernie right now in this poem

Neither CheesePuff or billionaireBerg

Nothing comes from these fools but more danger and mama earth hurt

No matter what

these extractors only interested in what they have to do to

ratchet up the profit

Politicks ain’t nothin’ but a trick

But then, being absent from the vote can make us sick

NO, one day in that booth – that don’t bring the absolute truth

Don’t SAVE us or bring back stolen land, water or our roots

Voting is only one tool in upending the ruse

But get involved

Wake Up –

Stay Up and Rise Up

The Liars and tricksters are lining up to steal more lives,

Spending billions when they could build housing, liberate land

Or pay fair wages for our hard work and time

So in the end – I still call out –

Where my poor people at of colors & cultures –

Even those covertly wearing the kkklan hat

or the hegemonic wrap

& the hate for each other based on the ruling class tracks

Open yo eyes – cuz family – we all need our meager crumbs to stay alive

And this fool gonna keep stealing, raping & killing as long as we collectively let him

reside in the site peoples house built by enslaved Black & Indigenous tribes

This message from a poverty skola – goes out to my fellow poor folks from all nations, generations colors stations –

From EBT to Section 8, the lies politricksters have continued to perpetrate

But we r at a moment that this evil CheesePuff in the wite people’s house has to end their

Reign –

and I don’t usually do this – but I’m lifting up Bernie –

I don’t usually do this – but I’m lifting up Bernie

He ain’t everything – he ain’t my savior and we will see how much of that poverty concern will actually stick with him

but we need to vote the CheesePuff out for our collective survival as poor people –

and the narrative has to change

Poor People Housing already e-RADicated by Obama

Section 8 bled to barely paper

Fukclosure, bankkksters & poverty industry saviors

CheesePuff didn’t even have to do this –

Never fear politricksters been dismantling

But CheesePuff is busy robbing, raping mama earth, while we all stay focused on Big Pharma’s newest virus

proposing the end of food stamps, and insane requirements from SSI – targeting indigenous refugees from Cambodia to southern turtle island – standing with global murderers of poor and Indigenous people from Kashmir to the Congo –

Slathering messy wite privilege across Mama Earth from Palestine to Syria

The violent wite supremacist CheesePuff wealth-hoarder is planning increased criminalization of false borders, plantation prisons and endless surveillance –

Don’t get it twisted – I’m not holding Bernie up as our “progressive” leader – but he just might not destroy, Take away or steal the crumbs we all need to live – and get older

The DemoCONS will not save us and neither will Bernie – but the Violent CheesePuff has to go before we lose the crumbs and scarcity models we barely holding onto

In the end – voting for us poor folks is a hassle – we have to get to the polling places – deal with all the politricks they have in place to steal our vote,

But do that work – get out to those polls – honor the ancestors who died for your voting souls – and like POOR Magazine uncovered last year, u don’t need an address to vote –  

So please, my fellow houseless fam – get yourself to City Hall and sign that politrickster note

And even though, for us poor people, Super Tuesday is also How am I gonna get enough food day,

Make that time – stand in that line – so more of us poor & disabled peoples won’t die

Lisa “Tiny” Gray-Garcia, aka “povertyskola,” is a poet, teacher and the formerly houseless, incarcerated daughter of Dee and mama of Tiburcio and author of “Criminal of Poverty: Growing Up Homeless in America” and “Poverty Scholarship: Poor People-led Theory, Art, Words and Tears Across Mama Earth” and co-founder of Homefulness, a homeless people’s solution to homelessness. Reach her at or @povertyskola on Twitter.