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a key mineral lacking

it began to notice it midsummer

when i initiated the ritual

of my daily

life affirming

early evening

bicycle rides
.

my perfect aerial

machine so blue

cutting through

a synthetic mist

of suburban dryer vent exhaust

lavender lilac and vanilla scented chemicals

emitted from the latest

maytag gag-o-matic

into one bastard cloud
.

i decided
.

all of suburban cincinnati is covered in a

gently revolting incidental smog

of old lady perfume
.

in this gloaming time

the cul-de-sac wives

huddle into two groups
.

those who drink wine and smoke

while waiting for the pills to kick in

and those who just drink wine

while waiting for the pills to kick in
.

bitching about their husbands on cue

as they stand indignant

in various shades of pink velour yoga pants

at the end of their driveways
.

just far enough away

so the enemy

won’t hear
.

the hot-boxed group

of matching husbands

wearing

“i pay the mortgage and the only place

i have any privacy from that bitch and these kids

is the fucking garage”

t-shirts

whist drinking middling domestic imports

in a town whose pricey micro brews they can’t afford
.

all to protect the delicate sensibilities

of the lord of the flies children

playing between them

on tonka battery powered humvees

bedecked with

nerf machine gun turrets

smuggling

duct taped half-chewed barbies

with their eyes gouged out

to tiny-tot thailand
.

i get the sense

there is death in the water

a key mineral lacking

in our national diet
.

the country is filled

with these fleeting nightmares
.

communities of sheep

vying for space at a diseased trough

.

american wastelands
.

where the coffee tastes of bad choices

and everyone is waiting

for the kids to be old enough

to get a divorce
.

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