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They say (whoever they are)
That whoever controls energy
controls the world
And those who control
the raw materials of energy
make the rules
that help them keep the power
to make the rules
(Funny how that works.)

They say (whoever they are)
that the secret of life is managing your energy
Energy is not infinite
it needs fuel
and air
and in a world of shortages
the raw materials of life energy
Food
time and space to breath
Are withheld by those with the power
those who make decisions that affect all
based on how it affects themselves
(Funny how that works)

They say (whoever they are, I’m starting to think They are just friends of my mother)
That self-care is key
to manage energy
As if
a bubble bath and meditation
can be fit in between
two part-time jobs, a school program, and a three-hour search
for baby food.
It seems real life is rarely seen
on the white-washed pages of Instagram
because no one has time
or energy
to document real life
and live it.

They say (whoever they are)
That whoever controls energy
controls the world
Ergo
If I control my energy
I can control my world.

I just don’t see it working that way.
Not until the tiny hole my three-year-old is digging
in the backyard

strikes oil.