Market Futures

bought and sold
like cattle

like someone’s junk
at a flea market

aggregates for the capitalist wheel

solicited in our homes
by corporations and co-ops

bought and sold
and bought and sold again

like dim-bulb, free market twits
becoming the product placement

the polished items on the shelf

riding in cars
sleeping in beds

the swaying billboards of commerce
down to the shoelaces

bombarded by ads in emails
scrolled down the sides of homepages

duped into harmless applications
that have tracked every move

by video games mining interests
until there is nothing left to care about

bought and sold
then taken to the slaughter

let it happen
this bargain basement movement

this twenty-first century blow-out sale
where everything must go

dignity and shame

wholesale prices on the conscience
and the flesh

dirty deeds done on the cheap

there is no choice

did this without a care
in the name of community and fun

never getting back what has been lost
because we cannot articulate

what that is

but the feelings at large are hollow
and underhanded

the sneak that has
slithered into our lives

brought to you by….

bought and sold and sold all over

everything that we like
everything that we hate

every pleasure that has ever
tickled our fancy

what we want
before we want it

a retail apocalypse unfolding one click at a time

data mining the guts
into a new numbness of content

the future that was always planned

only no one told us
that it would be like this.

John Grochalski is a published writer whose poems have appeared in Underground Voices as well as Avenue, Red Fez, The Scrambler, Eclectica, Rusty Truck, Houston Literary Review, Carcinogenic Poetry, Thieves Jargon, Outsider Writers Collective, The Lilliput Review*, *The New Yinzer*, *The Blue Collar Review, Front Porch Review, The Deep Cleveland Junkmail Oracle, The ARTvoice*, *Modern Drunkard Magazine*, *The American Dissident*, *My Favorite Bullet*,*Words-Myth, The Main Street Rag, Viral Cat, Zygote In My Coffee, Dead Snakes, the Kennesaw Review, Octopus Beak Inc., Ginosko Literary Review, Clockwise Cat, Ink Sweat and Tears, Cherry Bleeds, Indite Circle, Lit Up, Gloom Cupboard, Alternative Reel, One Night Stanzas, Re)verb, American Tanka, Tattoo Highway, The Smoking Poet, Why Vandalism, Yes Poetry, South Jersey Underground, Unlikely 2.0, The Delinquent, Delirio, The Chiron Review, Gutter Eloquence, Opium Poetry, Mad Swirl, Deep Tissue Magazine, The Loch Raven Review, The Hidden City Quarterly, Poetic Desperation, Calliope Nerve, Eviscerator Heaven, Leaf Garden, Down in the Dirt, Black Listed Magazine, Poetry Super Highway, Lit Up, Ghoti, The Plebian Rag, (A Brilliant) Record, Front Page, Eunoia Review, Sex and Murder, Gnome, Poor Mojo’s Almanac, Thirteen Myna Birds, This Zine Will Change Your Life, Children, Churches and Daddies, Guerilla Pamphlets, Fosebook, Litterbox Magazine, Neglected Ratio, The Citron Review, Clutching at Straws, Thunderclap, Eunoia Review, Cracking the Spine, PIPE dream, Citizens for Decent Literature, The Camel Saloon, and the Orange Room Review.* His short fiction has appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Fictionville, Bartleby Snopes, Retort, The Battered Suitcase, The Big Stupid Review, Pequin, The Legendary, Troubadour 21, The Moose & Pussy, and the anthology Living Room Handjob. His column The Lost Yinzer appears quarterly in The New Yinzer. His book of poems The Noose Doesn’t Get Any Looser After You Punch Out is out via Six Gallery Press, and his second book Glass City is out on Low Ghost Press.

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