Whatever Happened to Good Health?
By Lucky Mosqueda, Gender JUST Fellow
Whatever happened to good health these days?
A paper cut would be taken care of in a jiffy.
But bandages today cost your arm and your leg,
and toxins that slowly kill you.
Whatever happened to, "When I grow up,
I want to be a nurse or a doctor?"
We used to take care of our stuffed animals
and baby dolls when they were ill.
Now our dream jobs are turning away the elderly, the poor,
the women, the youth, the queer, the transgendered,
because of our skin color, how old we are, our gender identity,
and they, too, cost you your limbs,
whilst you scrap what's left of your T-Cells to survive.
Whatever happened to neighborhood
hospitals and trauma centers?
Now, we wait for death ten miles later
whilst the pandering rich
shamelessly spend on
gentrification and unwanted
wars and occupations
not worth fighting for.
Whatever happened to free clinics?
Nowadays, if we weren't covered,
we may sneak over to
The Great White North
to see a doctor for some
you sycophantic, parasitic,
bureaucratic conservatives call.
Whatever happened to nutrition?
Fuck it, while the food pyramid
tells you the servings,
poor people are excluded from
organic, fair-trade groceries
because they are "too ignorant"
to understand that a single
toxic-free carrot can save
polar bears from losing their homes.
Whatever happened to Roe vs. Wade?
Now, the tea parties are defining rape and incest,
whilst women are pushed to using wire hangers again.
Whatever, whatever happened to good health?