Overloading the Machine

The New Economy

A 50-foot tall Marine Corps drill instructor
is hovering over America's cities

A plump pink Russian emerges from a bath
and sews himself some new clothing

Our bodies, receptors for art
or a state-of-the-art recycling facility

"You are blocking traffic," the trooper told him
"We are traffic," he replied

I'm wearing a mail shirt because
I'm delivering a message today

People sleeping with soggy, shredded newspapers,
fellow envelopes:
we are enclosed
and nearly

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