Theatre of the Absurd Americanopolis Consumpithecus

the smear of patriotism
old man bone spurs
the Zionist-first demons
one and all traveling Obama
Freeway, California gridlock
smiling millionaire donkey
party, oh so slow food
democrats munching
plots with Zuckerberg Bezos
Gates Goldman and Sachs

they guide missiles into
tents, Bedouin or pre-Columbian
rotting flesh of Republicans
like Faust but no clue
as they seek Arms and Gomorrah
Armageddon and Apocalypse
their AA stenciled on drones
California dreaming rockets
hot yoga industrialists
of military medusas everyone in America
pushes the button or mouse or diode
of death

proportional response is cesium and
thermonuclear fire sale, clearing the refuse
shit-holes back to cave days these
Americans locked in prisons of infantile
lusts for bigger, faster, garish SUVs

each notch of the belt expanded yearly
children of the spectrum nodding
happily twitching as they play
killer drone with joy stick
self-driving lunacy each calorie
pumping into Pixar palace of theatre
Disneyfication, McDonaldsication
one more trillion prions
levelers of the great white
hope’s sanity

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.