All labors ignored,
any talents deferred,
opting for a technoid
factory absurd,
family departed
for greener employment,
friendships dissolved
in beggars' embarrassment
at social service caring,
food, shelter, clothing
councel experience sharing
a sop against self-loathing
at such abysmal loss
of self-determination,
cheap wine decanting
the desperate sedation
of another homeless worker
cost accounted to death,
ragged spirit crushed,
internal weeping
forever hushed.
Earth embrace
these tortured gnomes
for having suffered and died
to finally claim a home
they cannot be denied.

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