For all the Constant Gardeners out there...

After the latest World Crisis,
the Gloominati,
an elite crew drunk
on their own sobriety
and high-handed down-
castness, were rumored
to have gathered
in a remote, resort-like
forest fastness,
a secret Wilderness location,

After a while — and for how long
no one knows precisely anymore,
since from one upgrade to the next
it’s like a whole lotta “Whatever:
Just pretend you haven’t seen it
before; go ahead, surprise yourself!”

Anyway, after a while,
the Gloominati
conspired to see only
vast teeming grasses
of Soylent Green masses
threatening every Air,
Land, and Sea: so They
sent in the Drones,
thinking “Safety First”
— and last.

Todd Smith lives, writes, and observes the Brave New World Order in St. Louis. He can be reached at Read other articles by Todd.