Markets at 17,000 — Booze, Guns, Drugs on the Rise

The kids cock
loaded Glock
cops outside action cam
uploaded You Tube
so many outside
heat of island effect
Red Bull and vodka

someone is asking
for fans, old ones
shut in, by the millions
Chicago mayor laughs
the market hit 17,000
Off-Shoring Talmud
printers, rising
to the scum pond

they want extra
eez’s, exclusive economic
zones, enough diesel power
to scoop up anchovies or mullet
from shore to shining
developing market shore
they can starve, markets
predict and modulate
recapitalization on labor
barracks, slaves to pull
pods, chocolate the sweat
of beaten children

anything to call America
“capitalism’s flavor,” supplies and sides
on top and sacrificed
piles of syringes
flotsam of Viagra bottles
underdeveloped worlds
wrapped in giant gyre
of American plastic
let the scum undulate
to their homes

death zones, extraction
zones, cycles of famine, places
of optimization to place
military strategy, places for
Abu Ghraib marketing
the world is USA’s
oyster, EU, excluding
PIGS, dark countries,
the entire racist
money changers
Puritan, Calvinistic, Zionists
marketing war
eye time, scanners implanted
the entire web
like a silk straight jacket
proverbial, literal
the rich highly
refined leeches
ticks sucking at
billions scratching $2 a day
millions of unborn
welders, plowers, solder
masters, iron riveters
trapped in the disease
of kings, queens, kleptomaniacs

the empire of psychology
of fear, every shekel
minted with millionaire’s
glee, criminals in robes
challenging humanity
as political rabid vermin
entertainers as buffoons
the world sinks
like top-heavy cruise
ship, pigs roasted
for the dying passengers

we are at their whim
the sociopaths running
boards, CEOs, the
holders of stock
parasitic vultures
of capitalism
children sacrificed
for dog-eat-dog
fish and bigger fish
sharks as human

Paul Haeder's been a teacher, social worker, newspaperman, environmental activist, and marginalized muckraker, union organizer. Paul's book, Reimagining Sanity: Voices Beyond the Echo Chamber (2016), looks at 10 years (now going on 17 years) of his writing at Dissident Voice. Read his musings at LA Progressive. Read (purchase) his short story collection, Wide Open Eyes: Surfacing from Vietnam now out, published by Cirque Journal. Here's his Amazon page with more published work Amazon. Read other articles by Paul, or visit Paul's website.