When Is Enough Is Enough Is Enough? by Jeff Bagato

Lady, I’m not going to act like a fool anymore;
I am trying to buy lettuce in the grocery store,
stealing down the candy aisle, staring
at the soda cans—where is Cel Ray?  Where
is Ginger Beer?  The biggest stomach rules
the fat of the land—anything you want
as long as he wants it too—enough
salsas to form a political
coalition; the cereal aisle calls
me with sugary lies—I pour two liters
of pop on a box of frosted flakes
and my teeth leap out like napalm
for breakfast to hide behind
potato chips, rice chips, corn
chips and whole grain crackers—
I find them in a dark corner,
huddled into life and just
organized enough to gnaw on a
roll of toilet paper, and I
know I’ve been duped by the FDA,
seeing vitamin fortified asswipe
for the masses laid out like
Oklahoma on the morning of
the land rush—you have
the right to remain silent and
that’s about it

Jeff Bagato is a writer and electronic musician living near Washington, DC. Some of his poetry has appeared in Zoomoozophone Review, Otoliths, Clockwise Cat, Zombie Logic Review, Full of Crow, Exquisite Corpse, and Chiron Review. His most recent book of poems, Savage Magic, came out in early 2016. Other poetry books include And the Trillions and Spells of Coming Day. He has also published several science fiction novels, including The Toothpick Fairy, Computing Angels, and Dishwasher on Venus. A blog about his writing and publishing efforts can be found at http://jeffbagato.wordpress.com.

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