Two Poems

Jeff Bagato

They Don’t Call Them Gods Anymore

I didn’t earn any money
today—I sat here,
I wrote, I fought off
the blank page and the blank
mind; I tried to kill
the dullness of the world,
and the deadliness of
the dull, and I couldn’t
watch the mailman
sacrifice his hours placing
junk mail in the apartment
boxes one by one—it was
too deadly, too dull

Egyptians had gods who
told them how to behave,
who to be, what to know—
and you had to know
it after death,
but today
we don’t call them
gods any more

But we have religions and
therefore
we die

 

A Long Sweet Line

In the 50’s, everybody believed
the con
of good jobs
and television;
they believed the advertisements
and trusted
the advertisers.
They believed the power
of toothpaste
and the hamburger.

Now, people are jaded to the con;
it doesn’t cut it anymore,
and they fall for it
in smaller and smaller
numbers.

So a new line of con
is needed—
a better line,
that makes us think
we are not wallowing
in an extra 40 years of garbage,
an extra 40 years of bills
and brain damage
and death.

We need a whole new rock and roll,
a whole new Howdy Doody,
the next big cornflake,
some hot new sliced bread.

A better hamburger.

A face must sell the prizes,
deliver the sweet line of con
to young ladies’ ears
so they spread their legs
for the young men and make
them happy—like in
the 60s when the face said
turn on, tune in, drop out
and the hippie girls screwed automatic—
making the young men work
harder, the hamburgers get bigger,
cheaper and easier to afford,
and the space program lift off.

We need a new face

and a long, sweet line of con.

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Multi-media artist living near Washington, DC, Jeff Bagato produces poetry and prose as well as electronic music and glitch video. Some of his poetry and visuals have recently appeared in Empty Mirror, Futures Trading, Otoliths, Gold Wake Live, Chiron Review, and Midnight Lane Boutique. Some short fiction has appeared in Gobbet and The Colored Lens. He has published nineteen books, all available through the usual online markets, including Savage Magic (poetry) and Computing Angels (fiction). A blog about his writing and publishing efforts can be found at http://jeffbagato.com.

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