Völkisch Tales

They thought the bread was contaminated,

Ergot poisoning at Pont-Saint-Esprit,

7 deaths by what illuminated

At the Eleusinian Mysteries.

Nearly 500 slipped into madness,

And it took over half a century

To show that mind control experiments

Were conducted there using LSD.

Ed Sanders and Tuli Kupferberg wrote

Back in ‘65 that the CIA

Man, was the American Gestapo

And yet, who’s heard about The Fugs today?

Who knew the FBI was surveilling

Civil Rights leaders and peace activists

In the Sixties, like Martin Luther King

Who was pegged a dangerous extremist?

And targeted too was a dope-smoking

Ex-Beatle, by a government which saw

Natural allies in Black Panther fearing

Charles Manson and his Family, brainwashed

In specific ways that seem to mirror

The real objectives of MKULTRA,

Of dominating minds with drugs and fear

Under the guise of singing Kumbaya.

Sometimes the weirdest facts make perfect sense.

How many who’ve read Catcher in the Rye

Know that Salinger worked intelligence

And that Hemingway was a double spy?

Under a nationalistic pretense,

Top secret programs like COINTELPRO

Are greenlit for the purpose of Defense,

Which isn’t something people need to know.

Rather, let them eat cake, or watch TV

And learn the difference between movies

About Supermen and reality,

And that nothing exists beyond what’s seen;

Nothing beyond capitalist pizazz,

Fixed on Freedom’s lingering death, when in

Good time, American fascists are as

In vogue as that guy who shot John Lennon.