Expiration dates begin with

An apartment tenant, approaching

Their mailbox, removing envelopes

And coupons. Which prompts

Consumer Fantasies

About the future:

Purchasing two Mac n’ Chz meals for 1.99.

As advertised on page 9 in the weekly gazette.


Empathy challenges alienations contempt

Against the class struggle, breaching the budget

For discounted products sanctioned by the accountant, CEO

And printmaker.


Without this language describing opportunity:

Entropy would reverse.

Shades of grey would replenish the rainbow.

And commercial jingles would function.

Like political rhetoric layered in melody.


Beauty is fond of communal experience.


Plastic garbage-bags develop girth,

Blending discarded items in harmony.




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