Reset Poem #2

Scotland's papers: 'Life should mean life' and vaccine refuseniks - BBC News

recall those babies
laid out on floors
incubators stripped away
used for whatever-the-USA-says-
even for lies, Edward Bernays
devil with his cigarettes lies

we say, United (sic) States (sic) of
Destruction Distraction Deception Death
then we get flogged
another flyover lock downed
USA, bombs bursting in Air
Force, another crocodile tear laden
veterans day, thanks for your service

drone murderers, knife lusters
SEAL Team Kill Kill Kill
Hellfire and Brimstone
steroids and meth
uppers and cardiac bypasses
they march out on forever wars

remember those lies about
Saddam . . . about Allende . . . about Lumumba?
United (sic) States (sic) of Lies-Amnesia-Agnotology
those Armenian lies, Zionist murder lies
Nakba is a figment of Palestine
broken and starved people
Bedouins, with never a homeland
Jerusalem was always . . . if I was a rich man . . .
if I was a Rothschild . . . as we all burn
fiddlers on roofs jump with joy
Covid 19/11

recall the reset, thousands
Iraqi troops, hands up
weapons thrown into sand
those Offence/Defence Companies
and Caterpillar, plowing live bodies
into trenches . . .

soft-shoeing lock-downed Chomsky
forever a resetter, living in Sonora
gleeful advising Goys, that all humanity
with agency, reason, right to refuse
should be scarlet-lettered away

forced into FEMA camps
cages for the corona refuseniks
brown shirts, and Hitler youth
parlayed, Edward Bernays style,
into Woke, hash tag #Us-against-them
those babes in digital woods
believe the reset, the resettlements
all Zoomed to them, one efficiency
apartment after another
they cheer planes-trains-busses
Glasgow or Bust

the new centurions are on
some spectrum, live on TikTok
glued to black mirror in hand
forever creating hash tags and #Tweets
they cheer neoliberal-neocon women
of color, BIPOC, plying the gun trade
those Big Pharma wizards
BIPOC this reset, now lording
over China, Russia, Iran

words and memes
digital passport
green pass, the digital masters
checkmate, old matey
checkmate this new
generation, pawns with no
punch, just resets

Paul Haeder's new bio is about suspending all those credentials, all those titles, all those in-the-trench experiences he's acquired and worked hard on in his 64 years (2021): Novelist, essayist, journalist, social worker, college and K12 educator, environmental warrior. Terms and avocations more meaningless as cancel culture rises and rises from left and right insanity. Paul's book, Reimagining Sanity: Voices Beyond the Echo Chamber (2016), looks at 10 years (now going on 16 years) of his writing at Dissident Voice. Read his musings at LA Progressive. Read his short story collection, Wide Open Eyes: Surfacing from Vietnam now out, published by Cirque Journal. Read other articles by Paul, or visit Paul's website.