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I ended up
in a crowded subway
along side a jam packed
amidst a city
which was losing
its oxygen
I cried out
to all the talk shows
that only the rich
and the famous
and the talented
were inheriting
the earth
and that we poor folks
were merely choking away
on the smog
what I said
had no entertainment value
so I was cut off
shot off the air
I tried to tell them
that there is more of us
then more of them
and what we wish
will prevail
and we wish for air
and they thought I meant
air time
and they went ahead
and made funny jokes
about me.

Irwin R. Shaw - October 27th 1985