Hark! The Health Care Demons Sing!

Hark! The health care demons sing,
Glory will our profits bring!
Medical bandits dissembling wild,
Physician and Satan reconciled;

Joyful all ye white coats rise,
Salute the Antichrist on high!
Bow to the priests at NIH and CDC,
Take the sacrament on your knee;

The ghost of Eichmann marches on,
Espy the profits, proceed anon!
From our hands drug addicts spring,
Glory to the automaton king!

Xanax, Paxil, and Oxycontin,
Verily, was Nuremberg misbegotten!
Lucifer our master bids,
Anthrax vaccines for your kids!

In a manger born and raised,
Now popping Prozacs on the cay!
Dash the scepter of informed consent,
Onward where the Thane of Glamis went!

A brain tumor and no insurance,
A pauper’s grave, thy soul’s procurance!
Hydroxychloroquine, my so useless;
There’s no money in that, just fruitless!

Hail our father and the latest Mercedes,
Waltzing with the pharma lords in Hades!
Hark! The health care demons sing,
Crafty dermatology voyeurs bring;

Reading The Lancet with adoring sighs,
The gods have spoken, we’ll comply!
Hark! The health care demons sing,
Glory to the automaton king!

David Penner has taught English and ESL within the City University of New York and at Fordham. His articles on politics and health care have appeared in CounterPunch, Dissident Voice, Dr. Linda and KevinMD; while his poetry has been published with Dissident Voice. Also a photographer, he is the author of three books: Faces of Manhattan Island, Faces of The New Economy, and Manhattan Pairs. He can be reached at: 321davidadam@gmail. Read other articles by David.