How far they ride upon horse shoes
of beaten silver coin and gold
blacksmithed by the corporations whose
interests have them bought and sold.
Fitted thus they can gallop long
into their old age, man and horse,
even when no longer wise or strong
upon the circuit’s costly course.
Yet they do not steer, horse nor man,
but are driven by the tight reins
of those whose bit and whose bridle can
make or break them in campaigns.

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