such ordinary things

tobacco coffee sugar liquor
tobacco coffee sugar liquor
tobacco coffee sugar liquor

how many have been killed
how many have been stolen
how many have been enslaved

in the history of these
now ever so everyday vices

how many forests have been cleared
how many farmers now starve
how many unfair trades have been made

for the sake of first-world
nicotine caffeine glucose alcohol haze

how many more bags of coffee will i buy
how many more packs of cigarettes
how many more pounds of sugar

will conscience ever be quite enough
to make me lose my taste
for these ordinary things
which are not
have never been
should not be
so ordinary.

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