Something Like the Promise of a Better Life

by Gary Hardaway

Unhappy people buy everything
they can afford-- and then some,
going deeper into debt to own the next
super quick, super powerful phone, the next
brilliantly connective app, the next elegant and coveted
small appliance that promises to bridge the abyss surrounding them
that keeps them from reaching the obviously lusher
other side. Unhappiness is a necessary boon
to a global economy that accelerates
towards something like the
promise of a better life.