The Meat Packers

From VIRAL SPIRAL — A collection of poems by Sarah P. Ross


"The Nursing Home"


Almighty meat
Deemed essential for all
Even when work conditions
Cause The Reaper to call.
Coronavirus spread
Through the entire meat plant
Hundreds of hard workers
Who cry they just can’t.
No staying home
The decree has been made
Work with unsafe conditions
Or never get paid.
Shoulder to shoulder
They work as one team
With no reporting
It’s just not what it seems.
Meat so important
For all the U–S
The packers’ lives expendable
And deemed worthless at best.
Even on the news
They may have well been called slobs
Yet they risk their own lives
For your meat and their jobs.


"The Native American"