We use the nice word Pandemic
instead of The Plague
or better Black Death.
I find it reasonable to believe
if everyday folks
saw in everyday life
the blueish bodies removed
from apartment buildings
or neighborhood homes
only the die-hard
would reject the vaccine injection
provided by science and the state.
Nothing like seeing the consequences
before you choose Cake or Death
for the cake to look very tasty
even if you detest German Chocolate
or Lemon Poppy Seed
and really really want a tasty bite of Angel Food.
How silly of me to suggest
vaccine hesitancy is a branding issue
and not a simple case of ostrich syndrome.
I could suggest it is opposition politics
gone to insane lengths of differentiation
with a full fledged propaganda machine
profiting from the chaos and carnage
but that would sound too much
like a far-out conspiracy theory
where some one-percenters
formed a diabolical cabal
to place one of their own in charge
through democracy’s demise
to institute an authoritarian regime
just so they could bring back slavery
since there are inferences
of a minimum wage hike
and pressure to provide everyone with health care.
copyright © 2021 Kenneth P. Gurney
The expression Cake or Death is taken from an Eddie Izzard comedy performance in his 1999 video Dressed to Kill.