ON THE AUCTION OF SUPER MARIO BROTHERS 2
Mario dreams of a capitalist hellscape
saturated with ’80s nostalgia: Duck Hunt,
Zelda, Qix, his own familiar red overalls.
He bids in an online auction, blinks violently
as the numbers escalate, towering upwards
like vines to another dimension above.
“Sold!” flashes across the screen before
he can leap to action, fist stretched outward.
$88,000 for an unopened cartridge: his life unlived.