The united ubiquitous they say,
"the squeaky wheel gets the grease."
But the truth is they leave
that wheel at the side of the road
with its broken spoke and that one spot
of worn tread, still of use
but "better off dead." Though
they would never say that aloud.
Truth is: there is no American Dream
and life is not a choose your own adventure.
And kindness and mercy are only ideas
they want others to practice.
Meanwhile, the wheel learns its place
falls into the earth, and decomposes quietly,
cheering the optimistic face
celebrating Black Friday.