Health Care

A mildewed copy of The Economist, a snickering
Frat boy, Iago’s syphilitic cousin, and a mischievous
Hyena. A broken body, cast down on shallow weeds.
The burning cross that knows no rest, meandering in
The haze beyond the ghost of Hippocrates, as cannibal

Armies fade into the night. A pod of careerists callously
Strewn on a withering grove, howling soldiers unmoored
Of gentleness, as Eichmann’s specter stands watch on
Callow shores. The careening brain, hauled down by
Drooling demons, as a sea of souls is engulfed on a

Funeral pyre – then dissolved to ashes – as hard-hearted
Brigands are of oblivion crowned. Once sacrosanct fairies
Lost, evanescing was the zone upon the disintegrating
Hourglass. The citadel of Nuremberg razed, a sea of
Shards cascading, a mind-forged mannequin, defiled

And bereft where no lilacs grow. A cave where rapine,
Villainy, and avarice are enthroned; a vanishing brook
Where lucid memories fade, as the eager resident is
Presented with a meat cleaver. The commodification
Of man, where every person is a thing, and the mindless

Are condemned, bereft of all wandering; locked in amber,
Trapped in bloody wars. A nest of sociopathy, wickedness,
Duplicity and violation; where the automaton grins as the
Lucre rains down and the eye dreams never – and all is
Lost thereon – amidst the drowning of the untold innocents.

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.