Do we need the idiot box to deodorize
Living rooms after every second show
With: “My country is great”? Or, is my friend
Who uncoils fifty push-ups or more,
Right in what he claims: “The idiot box is
Actually meant for those who hang about
With fast-food dinner on their cheeks and tongues
Dangling out, and suffer heartburn and gout”?
Maybe we should be more open-minded —
Lock-up memories in the attic. Impose
A curfew on the tyranny of truth —
Release terrified doves to the applause
Of smart tracksuits, pre-paid scribes, T.V. crew —
Run to show how much we love our country:
After all, see, everyone is running
Running to save our country.