Neo-Tribal Amazon Direct, Everything for Sale Under the Sun

they put rings
in noses, millionaires
like Cuomo, announcing
sweatshop glee, Columbus
la familia for the queen
this time king of retail
Mister $230,000 a minute
supplier of the junk
of ages, Jeffrey Preston Jorgensen
step dad Cuban, this fellow
has eyes of snakes, heart of stone
wagging the tail of his dog
titans of big city politics
slobbering as if French
prostitutes in midst
captains of industry
hoarding this fellow’s
star power – mighty CIA friend
believer in fake news, contractor
for US Air Force, man of la mancha
when it comes to voice/face recognition
monster of the digital age
waving a trillion dollars
smiles at the splendor
of Mario Cuomo
like Mario Puzo, gettin’
an offer he won’t refuse
look hard at the devils
behind retailer’s smocks
look hard at inner soul
mass suicide/ mass consumerism
every click a bait and switch
as hoards shell out
billions to have Bezos’
ass planted in their cities
as the guv shits his pants
for Jeffrey:
Anything else I can think of that will get us over the top,
anything they want named Amazon—
I’ll change my name to Amazon Cuomo, if that’s what it takes.
Ahh, well said, United Snakes
of America, war is a racket
there’s gold in them thar hills
plenty more blankets to seed
bringing back glory of Manifest
Destiny, with guns, poison and clubs
wiping out tribes, now it’s 21st
Century penury, near slave wages
the likes of Bezos’ tutelage
for each new generation
of bar coded and RFID-embedded
Smart Child Living inside
the Internet of Things
like that hall of horrors
only Cuomo knows, Mario Amazon
Cuomo and his Democratic
Devils

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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. His book, Reimagining Sanity: Voices Beyond the Echo Chamber (2016), looks at 10 years of his writing at Dissident Voice. Read his autobiography, weekly chapter installments, at LA Progressive. Read other articles by Paul, or visit Paul's website.