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as seen on tv

as seen on tv

by kirk ramdath

you were the voice that said
iraq has weapons of mass destruction
everyone else said no
the weapons inspectors said no
the united nations said no
february 15, 2003
fifteen million people marched in the streets
to shout
no!
but you said yes
yes to war
yes to death
you said it over and over
as if war and death
were your breath
you never agonized over pros and cons
the way you deconstruct popstar scandals —
when britney spears breathes
the earth does not shake
the sky does not burn with fire
people are not blown to pieces
or forced to leave their homes
for refugee camps
when britney spears takes breath
you exhort war —
war inhales life and spits out death
this is reason enough to turn you off
but there is more
and we’ll get to that
after this commercial break —
this poem is brought to you by
lazyfat capitalism,
worship of the dollar,
a hundred potpourris
made by three companies,
sweatshop factories,
fast food pharmacies,
and the exploitation of women!
we now return to your saturday night poem —
you try to sell us the idea
that women should be judged
by their proximity
to a photoshopped ideal
you raise a woman up
to the level of a goddess
but if she gets herself
in any kind of trouble
with drugs, or men, or death
you show no mercy
no forgiveness
you feed upon her
like rats upon a corpse
rats upon a corpse
where is your britney spears now?
will you chase her all the way to the grave?
you don’t love her
you just love her blond hair
she cuts it off to cut you off
but you love to watch her suffer
you love her when she’s young
you love miss teen usa
in a bathing suit and only sixteen
prancing across the television screen
the perfect breasts to sell your jeans —
this poem is brought to you by
lazyfat capitalism,
worship of the dollar,
a hundred potpourris
made by three companies,
sweatshop factories,
fast food pharmacies,
and the exploitation of women!
we now return to your saturday night poem

get out of my head!
i don’t want you in my head anymore!
i bought into your consumerism
i ogled your swimsuit competitions and your wars
i sold precious moments of my life to your commercials
but i turned you off,
i put you in the corner,
and i covered you with ivy
now i understand why
on
star trek, there’s no tv
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