Dear You and My Love, It Has a Price
by A.E. Cox

DEAR YOU

I.

Enforcer of false needs,
there you are
And here-- the child's mind
you do taint

(Man ip u la tion.)

Harvesting young minds with
soil bitter and dry.

She must be this way,
he must be that
Buy me, buy me
      or
      riducule!
contempt!

The purr of audio,
the flash of video
Captivate (consume),
Dance, little puppets--

      dance! dance!

Vroom of Hot Wheels,
Wink of Barbie's eye
Enveloped into an
      industry of lies

II.

It can flip, fly,
vanish and spin
And cries are heard
from small lips:
      "Mommy, please!"

Fantastical, magical--
A seduction so sweet
Sweet as innocence of
young blood & mind

They take in jingles with
      delight and
Hum the tune with each skip,
Fill up their Christmas lists

Morale: Fill Here. Injected--
it leaves deep wounds on
      delicate
            sk
              in


MY LOVE, IT HAS A PRICE

pink, red, white
& cinnamon
pretty please, take this
conventional heart carved with
conventional words as a
love token

where would we be without
heart-shaped candy
& overpriced roses?

love is like...
it's like...

look! a herd of brides.
what a coincidence.

be mine.
be yours.

kneel down to
corporate whores.


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