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Updated: Aug 14, 2023

by Justin Lee

Pullman brown packages in unbound droves

pile up and overflow from gearshift conveyors

Workers untied in the dust and surrounded by multitude

Cast demands and dreams from the shoreline

It’s easy to turn away from the lives of others

When others voice dissonance in overwhelming chorus

A union team is wrong to crave more when some have none, they say

It’s wrong to strike the company whose boss

Bears spice-swirled loaves in satin

And it’s wrong to dream when to eat and to sleep is enough

But they crave more, to change years of hardship and toil

In favor of protection. Sails leaning awry in windfall

Yet agreement stalls in a stalemate.

Beyond the water, grass grows greener, but wrong.


Justin Lee is a senior at Nevada State High School. He is the editor-in-chief for his school's newspaper, and his work has been published or is forthcoming in 3Elements Review, Blue Marble Review, Eunoia Review, and others. When he isn't writing, Justin is either sketching or eating obscene amounts of peanut butter straight from the jar.

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