With disquiet he sits quiet-
-ly listening to debates about social change
as they sip their microbrews and designer lattes.
During lulls they mark up travel plans
Europe in summer, or bushwhacking in Australia;
someplace suitably far, suitably exotic.
Ideology, Hegemony, Consciousness ... ; it is all the same
Interpolated with choice tidbits
on the best organic food and hikng gear
when discussion diverges from saving others.
Well read, well traveled, well heeled, well fed;
living irony of increasing breadth and decreasing depth.

Till bearing no more he looks away,
meeting himself in tattered eyes of hunger staring in.



Bourgeois Bohemians