Damn the Dictatorship

Damn the U.S.-Marcos dictatorship.

My people starve

While Imelda lives it up with Christina Ford.

Thirty days after San Juanico

Usurped sweat of the Filipino people,

Rice queues longer than any vaunted

"Seventh longest bridge in the world."

                           

Damn the U.S.-Marcos dictatorship.

My people starve

And all the land's riches off to America and Japan.

Ferdinand kisses the corns of the new U.S. ambassador

While coconuts vanish from the stands,

Lapped up by a cabal of compradors

Who careen in olive oil while soap prices soar.

                                   

Damn the U.S.-Marcos dictatorship.

My people starve

The rice queues lengthen

The prices soar.

While Ferdinand schemes to prolong his reign

At least seven years more,

Seven miserable years of civil war.

                                          

Damn the U.S.-Marcos dictatorship.

Damn it with a million armalites

To utter destruction.

                                    

                                 

                                  

August 6, 1973

                               


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