We have adorned you with mushroom clouds. Taught you to be a believer in our Atomic celebrity smut. You fear the bomb. You will always cheer the bomb. You’ve adapted to the biological gauntlet we now call food. Your stomach is our experiment. Corporations are people. Hot dogs are people too. This is the imaginary democracy, armored theocracy, that so many of you have always wanted. We’ll pardon one turkey and slaughter millions. You vote for your own assassin and we embrace you with the idea that someday you too can be crowned king or queen of the coyotes. You bring your children to our educational prison where they dine on historical hoaxes spit onto their plates by the chefs of for profit pedagogy. Sip the candied liqueurs of two party politics and raise your glass as we bathe you in smog. You are a good citizen. Swallow this painkiller. It is your reward. This Prozac will detox you of emotions. This Oxy will give you the moxie of sleep. You are automation. You are the technology of global servitude. You are the fire of mass working class suicide. You are a good citizen. March into this room. We just want to take your picture.
Bio: Eric Allen Yankee is a member of the Revolutionary Poet’s Brigade of Chicago. His work appears in The People’s Tribune, CC+D, Crab fat, Ygdrasil, The Miscreant, Sweet Wolverine, Writing Raw, The Fem, and Overthrowing Capitalism: Volume 2. He is co-editor in chief of Caravel Literary Arts Journal (www.caraveljournal.org). You can find him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ericallenyankeepoet