The Summer in Oregon Will Be Hot and Dry … Forever

hunting blackberries
Tesero natural gas bombs
downtown Vancouver, veins of glory
pushing through Portland, a bomb train
by any other name, blustery railcars

derailment, traffic and fatalities
the entire loco-locomotive insanity
in a city where houseless swell in summer
river toxified, downtown eateries and breweries
green roofs, solar powered outdoor KonTiki

the delusion is real, business offerings
children of the middle class broken
by school debts, master’s in art history
slinging vegan hash, pulling shots
three to a couch, the city is pregnant
with gentrification

this is the new normal, creative class
a classless scam, Ponzi scheme
eighty percent of us, in the
Punishment Zone, Exclusive
Economic Zones forward thinking
One Percenters

trading places, symphonic syphilis
terrible generation x tuberculosis
one long soul train into solitary
this ebb and flow of capital
confinement, haves and haves not
simpletons running the show

how is it we turn eagle runs
into pavement hell
elk sanctuaries into tar pits
salmon breeding grounds
into eutrophication eulogies
making the target cormorants
and sea lions because they
fly and swim upstream
gobble the farmed salmon?

we are seasonal hatcheries of pain
humanity floating like bloated
jellyfish, another British Petroleum
lie, constant chemicalization
each newborn turned into symbiotic test
tube thing, each synergistic allowance
for all that shit in utero and during
formative years, plying chemicals as food
placating exposure to 10,000 fumigants

this is the summer of delusions
more of the prostitutes running for
rat king USA, blustery and bedazzled
by money and influence and media buggery
these times the earth will splay itself
upchucking lies, percolating down the tired
waste of humanity’s hubris
the final solution eating our young
pushing old people into digesters
something about green fuel, turning
grandpa into methane, granny into a blue
flame from which to light the world with
humanity’s reckless lie

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.