A Poem by Richard D. Hartwell
Current legal practice invests
corporations with personhood.
I abjure this semantic parsing,
this complex Faustian contract.
Such created, malleable entities,
with individual rights protected
and corporate relativity intact,
contain diluted responsibilities.
Monsanto and its brethren are
ill-equipped to be people, for that
spark of genesis must imbue a soul
and with a soul comes conscience.
The dark dimensions of its colored
past were eventually illuminated to
reveal a cornucopia of catastrophes
Monsanto gave unto multiple ages.
Exoneration by technicality and
making obeisance to monetary
gain are tightly crafted clauses of
Through time humans have sought
redemption and atoned for sins,
but not so corporations who’ve
only done what others ordered.
However, the past is past and
clichéd time heals all wounds
or wounds may kill some people
or time will kill all remembrance.
All not forgiven should be forgotten
so that countries and corporations
may continue to grow, sow and
build new futures on dying pasts.
Dead armies and disabled human
detritus of genetic defeat cannot
shame or delay Monsanto’s
corporate cultivation of greed.
Roundup®, Roundup Ready®,
dioxin, dioxin-plus, super-weeds,
single-germination seeds: all part
of Monsanto’s “elite seed genetics.”
“A sustainable agriculture company.”
one global crop monopoly at a time.
“Improving agriculture. Improving lives.”
with Monsanto integrity, the chaff of profit.