NAME US A KING

Name us a king
who shall live forever--
a peanut king, a potato king,
a gasket king, a brass-tack king,
a wall-paper king with a wall-paper crown
and a wall-paper queen with wall-paper jewels.

Name us a king
so keen, so fast, so hard,
he shall last forever--
and all the yes-men square shooters
telling the king, "Okay Boss, you shall
        last forever! and then some!"
telling it to an onion king, a pecan king,
a zipper king or a chewing gum king,
any consolidated amalgamated syndicate king--
listening to the yes-men telling him
he shall live forever, he is so keen,
        so fast, so hard,
an okay Boss who shall never bite the dust,
never go down and be a sandwich for the worms
        like us--the customers,
        like us--the customers.

        - Carl Sandburg, Harvest Poems: 1910 - 1960