Levers

The metrics show a decrease in privilege
despite more attention being paid
to differences incenting niceness.

Uncomfortable work reversing trends 
of excellence in response to being
screwed fails once again.

Victims of the same pedagogical
systems which teach downward
mobility remain enthralled.

We kid ourselves by filling our garages
with used mattresses thinking
Jefferson's meritocracy has arrived.

Great thoughts remain small behind
curtains while little men control
the levers of work and play.