The sugar packet parlor gleamed with artificial charm
in the dull summer haze we call liberty.
Somewhere, somehow, someone knows a better way
to portion sugar.

Today, however,
nobody made an effort to explain the intricacies
of our package-centric society,
the landfill-clogging generation
content to leverage children
for bleach bottles.

Doesn’t nature have its own ingenious packaging
already set in motion?

We obtained our paper and plastic
from butchering the landscape and its inhabitants
and dumping their carcasses into vast piles

and overcompensation
for our lacking wits.