Danse Macabre

by Gary Hardaway

For Shepard Smith and all the other meat-puppets at Fox News

Each day, they trot the coiffed
and painted cadavers across the stage.

They orchestrate the snark and sentiment
with modulated current

through formaldehyded nerves.
Corrupted lungs hiss narratives

through the pickled vocal chords
stretched to expected pitch by soundboards.

Mascaraed corpses stay on point in their
grotesque and startling choreography.