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NaPoWriMo 17

All the brands are broadcasting
we’re all in this together
which is why you should buy

our thing instead of another
or hand over your data
which we promise we will only sell

at a tremendous profit
meanwhile they are blocking
the ambulances on the freeway

with extraneous vehicles as
they stand gathered against the glass
wearing familiar red imported hats

to voice their bluster concern
that the propaganda they consume
isn’t making them sick enough

meanwhile the paper of record
puts the photos of hospital workers
in black and white relief

as another way of saying
this hasn’t happened like this
in over a century and shouldn’t

be happening now except
for all the warnings in plain sight
that didn’t make it to our eyes

someone was blocking the view

By Joshua Keiter

reader, writer, actor, singer, teacher