Il Duce at the Dog Park
although we agree on the Sox game my son
takes the remote and yells Paw Patrol
into the voice activator
as if he’s Ryder ruff
roughing tv commands to his team of obedient pups.
I’ll tell you something, pups
Ryder doesn’t need you. Never has. His go-getter American exceptionalism
is just a smokescreen for an Adderall problem.
Ryder is one bender away from a stint at Promises
but I don’t tell my son any of this. Let him be a kid, right.
As it is he’ll never understand the emotional design of a cassette mixtape
the highs & lows of handwritten liner notes, how to use pause
to soundmix the thump click oomph of the record button
or play video games
at places that double as names for metal albums
like dragon’s den & dream machine & the electric carousel
& I don’t have the heart to him tell Paw Patrol is Authoritarian Propaganda &
Ryder isn’t a Robin Hood vigilante
but just another il duce at the dog park