By Gerard Sarnat
i. General Theory Of Relativity
Namby Pamby sure understands Street Rules
of her kissing cousins’ game.
The PR flack of a Fortune 50
richer-than-Fort Knox firm, she’s
tossed from its nepotistic trough for not
squealing Uncle enough
about non-encrypted software
or un-shred tell-all docs – then pummeled
when they turn up in Sunday’s papers.
That evening she almost escaped
with the office Rolodexes.
The board ordains her caged naked with
Critter Care bedding made from litter
of no-nothing family disgust.
Whitewashed earth, God’s aorta like chalk
cross-clamped during emergency
surgery, icebergs the size of Hong Kong
drift through wilting swamp lilies
while typhoons large as Brazil
have zilch impact on King Kong companies
who cover the rest of us
in Vaseline but are too big for jail
since our courts ruled they’re people.
I say, Defilers. You. Are. Not. Helping.
iii. 1% ers
My dear Mammon, I contend it’s better to have
Why occupy ourselves
with the anarchy of virtual strangers
rather than Mom, Dad, sisters, brothers,
cousins, grandfolk, aunties, uncles?
Bottles from nannies, not breast-feeding?
Strollers over body contact?
Atomized solipsistic lonely lives —
pets favored over homeless,
condo zoom work 24/7, bistros trump sleep.
iv. Behavior Modification
Castrating Wall Street not to be greedy’s
like lab scientists training
rats not to climb kitchen counters,
Just Say No to chocolate frosting.
Don’t you want a seat at their pyramid
scheme, not only get droppings?
About the author:
Gerard Sarnat has authored two critically acclaimed poetry collections, 2010’s “HOMELESS CHRONICLES from Abraham to Burning Man” and 2012’s “Disputes.” His poetry has been published or is forthcoming in over 75 journals and anthologies. Harvard and Stanford educated, Gerry’s been a physician who’s set up and staffed clinics for the disenfranchised, a CEO of health care organizations, and a Stanford professor. For “The Huffington Post” review of his work and more; visit Gerard Sarnat.com
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