trust

Today
the man on the television
addressed me
directly
He said
I sure would like
to have more for less,
wouldn’t you?
“well,
sure i would.” I thought
but didn’t say
then
He said
“…and why
wouldn’t you?”
I got up
and looked outside, and
saw the streets
were empty

then the t.v man
spoke to me
again
I returned to my chair
and He said
It’s going to be overcast
this morning,
make sure
you dress for the weather.
“of course.” I thought
returning
to the window
hearing
no sounds of people
seeing
nothing but vacant spaces

“nobody goes anywhere,”
I said
“children creep about
the neighbourhood,
vandalizing whatever
they can get their hands on

the adults yell indoors &
zone-out on drugs,
sex, and
plastic surgery futures

and everywhere
people are afraid
of the President

they think he’s a wack-o
but
not me. No,
the other day there were
internet viruses
on the News
a
fact-based documentary
featuring
civil war zombies
come to life
in Brownsville Texas!

egyptian alien hypnosis

and Republican witch Cults
in the White House
i
don’t
think
the president has any idea
what kind of mess
he’s in.”

wouldn’t you
like more
for less?
“What about you
Mister t.v Man?
wouldn’t you
convert healthy infrastructure
to
cancerous Franchise brand names

wouldn’t you
use addictive substances
as a means to control

politics as a language
to manipulate and confuse
and
media as a vehicle for
propaganda
more for less,
more for less

then the t.v blinked off
HA! I yelled at the dead screen
feeling victorious

then the phone rang
it was the Service Provider People
they
insisted
that I upgrade in order to
stay in contact
with friends and family

“what if i don’t
have those?”
well,
then people you love, and
care about

those are synonyms
I thought

but didn’t say

© Emerys Watchel, 2017 All rights reserved.

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