Lies Falling Out of the Sky Like Walt Disney’s Lemmings

they juggle words, flash fiction, throat ties readied, prim and proper
dress-for-success spokespersons, little liberal arts colleges, fawning faculty
social justice component, maybe even Zinn’s PHUS Cliffnoted,
they go forth, populate boardrooms, situation rooms like lemmings
chasing dollar, aphrodisiac of power, some orb buried in DC,
rodents of Ivy League clamoring to the power coasts,
eastern lobby of Wall Street, K-Street,
west coast rats nest of Disney-coordinated action media
… and then this flick 1958 showing
stampeding gerbil-like animals
over a cliff, careening into Arctic waters
little lie turned metaphor for a nation

lies born into action plans, nothing like Uncle Walt’s eugenics,
garnering Oscar, White Wilderness, now Millennials uploading
crap, working for X-er sycophants boot-lickers to Boomers,
staging You Tube shots of magical thinking,
anything to shill a shill, advance poison
like lemmings over a cliff, new flaccidity of foisted felons
then Zinn’s people,  following survival of the fittest reality TV,
but lemmings know better than to see
Technicolor life as reality,
no real biological records of jumpy creatures
stampeding over cliffs,
just a stage right-stage left manipulation
these Cold War flaks now grandmothers
of the new PR spinners, raised on screens, NPR,
apps, scrolling lies, instantaneous aggrandizement
Jon Stewart, hipster clips, the real
lemmings jumping over the digital cliff

Paul K. Haeder lived one-year in Seattle working for "the" SEIU (Service Employees International Union), the largest private sector union in the USA (in their pro-Obama PR materials), to organize adjuncts in Bezos-Boeing-Gates land, after having worked as a communications, language, composition, writing instructor of the freeway flyer variety in El Paso for the University of Texas, the El Paso Community College, language institutes, Park College, the US Army, La Tuna Federal Correctional Institute, Packard Electric in Juarez, New Mexico State University, and several cities in Mexico. In Washington State, he taught at Gonzaga University, Spokane Community College, Spokane Falls Community College. He's job hunting -- at that golden age of 56 (and counting down) ... just what the progressive-left-of-center non-profits in the Vancouver-Portland “area” want (NOT). He can be reached at: Read other articles by Paul, or visit Paul's website.