Xylophones are being slaughtered in the wild

There has been an outbreak
of speculation as though brought on
by the warts of a science
no longer much believed.

One in ten Americans
so the tabloids say
have been contacted
by aliens of some kind
and not Mexicans
through the river either. 

The poetry that most
accurately describes us
at this moment
in our history is read
while waiting for
the automatic grocer
to figure out what we owe.