Sister Citizen



How much?

How much was it worth on the 12th?

You remember,

In those days of brightly colored shirts,

bolstering slogans,

Swaddling offerings for your favor.

How much was worth our integrity in those times?

And what now that the favors are so much chaff that the wind did carried away?

Was it worth ten pounds of yule tide pork?

Or the same weight in poultry, with a few toys in tow?

Tell me how much your soul was worth when you sold it?

Like a CIP token, complimentary with a home in Dubai.

Tell me friend, how much is your pride worth?

Is it worth another 5 years to retirement,

your reward not guaranteed when you are tied out to pasture?

Is it worth another 10 percent off the shrinking ramen salary?

How much was dignity worth?

A wad for a vote, a phone for your favor, your voice or your silence,

for a token sum.

Is it worth it now?


About Michelle Toussaint

Michelle Toussaint is an Antiguan who has amassed an Associate Degree in Science Education as well as a Diploma in Forensic Science. As such, she Teaches Science in the classroom as well as at home, where she co-leads The Tribe. A merry band comprising her Husband-The Chief, herself-The Priestess, and her three precocious children- the tribesmen. When she isn’t mothering, teaching, being a fangirl or feeding her chocolate addiction. She writes two blogs. Random_Michelle and Death By Expectations. View all posts by Michelle Toussaint

6 responses to “Sister Citizen

  • janebasilblog

    I love the poem, but I don’t know what it refers to; bearing in mind that I live at the other end of the planet, could you explain it please?


  • Michelle Toussaint

    Sorry about that, it’s refering to the current political situation in Antigua. Last election, June 12th 2014 lots of folks allegedly sold their votes, accepting bribes disguised as campaign paraphernalia, or gadgets, or even cash.It continues as politicians buy favor with Christmas Hams and turkeys and toys. Now taxes and corruption are at an all time high, the retirement ages is about to guarantee that most of us won’t live to see a pension, and the very mechanisms in place to assure our health care and social services are crumbling under mismanagement. Not to mention confusion that is the Citizens by Investment program. And the question is now, that we are facing new perils is, was it worth it?


  • calensariel

    Very interesting, Michelle. I almost fear I see that in our future here, too, with this election coming up. I love the way you stay involved in politics and social issues there. I’m learning about the world reading your blog. I’m glad you posted this. It just makes me be more wary. I’m glad you explained, cause like Jane said, I wouldn’t have gotten it either.


  • Melinda Kucsera

    this is a great poem and it’s even greater now that I’ve read the context for it in the comments. This is powerful writing! I didn’t know you had a second blog. I must follow this one too! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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