Mortar and Pestle Against Colonizing Bacterial Capitalism

restorative herbs
adaptogens from fibrous
root of ginseng, Astragalus root
Ashwagandha,  rhodiola rosea,
reishi, licorice root
white noise of modern 24-Seven Eleven
lighted fluorescence

mitigating thousands of
years of herbalism
shaman gaining
tribal power
now the hydrogenated
fluff of fats mixed with sugars
like blastomas orange
of Cheetos, epidermis
of tweeting leader
Trump collective
autoimmune disease
coalesced delusion of new Reich

the belly is the ratio
of intelligence cleaved to desire
addiction of narcissism
modernity a plaque
of insecurity, cortisol, floating
personal ethics

the school is screen
time, eye attention
unlimited flagellants
of false flags, lie is truth
Big Brother one’s own paranoia
gleaned from a thousand organic
compounds polystyrene people
epigenetic echoes from tomorrow

feedback loop
unchecked capital
desirous Lotto win
more is less
fine line between
insanity war
rapacious toxins
GAD, anxiety
like tuberculosis

battle against
our own better selves
this outsourcing of
emotions forever
pennies welded to
war-fire, each ka-ching
against our best
judgement, lemmings
leaping into cauldron
of chemicals

Paul Kirk Haeder has been a journalist since 1977. He's covered police, environment, planning and zoning, county and city politics, as well as working in true small town/community journalism situations in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Mexico and beyond. He's been a part-time faculty since 1983, and as such has worked in prisons, gang-influenced programs, universities, colleges, alternative high schools, language schools, as a private contractor-writing instructor for US military in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and Washington. He organized Part-time faulty in Washington State. His book, Reimagining Sanity: Voices Beyond the Echo Chamber (2016), looks at 10 years of his writing at Dissident Voice. Read his autobiography, weekly or bi-weekly musings and hard hitting work in chapter installments, at LA Progressive. He blogs from Waldport, Oregon. Read his short story collection, Wide Open Eyes: Surfacing from Vietnam, coming out Jan. 2020 from Cirque Journal. Read other articles by Paul, or visit Paul's website.