Volume 4 Fall '06

Lust in the Valley
Carolyn Eads

Modern mechanisms poke, prod
mimic prehistoric beasts
heads up, heads down
but feet hold firm, anchored in
stained Bakersfield dust where
they suck blood of their ancestors
from below earth's crust
heads up, heads down,
work to empty her to the core
as they labor 24/7, prostituted
to feed man's greed for power
become perpetrators of war
heads up,
heads down.

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"Lust in the Valley" won an Honorable Mention in the
People Before Profits Poetry Prize 2006.

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