Made in America by Shahé Mankerian

Made in America

They decided to call their firstborn Sears
Roebuck Krikorian because every immigrant

should carry a strong American name. They fed
the hazel-eyed infant Gerber applesauce

because rosewater yogurt caused constipation.
According to Dr. Smith, with the Masonic handshake,

“The baby picture on the glass jar is Richard Nixon.”
Even God is made in America. Father stared

at the mirror as he trimmed his mustache.
My boy will be president one day like Tricky Dick.

He envisioned his son parting a sea of banners
in a Lincoln convertible. The ticker-tape crowd waving

Sears in red, Roebuck in white, Krikorian in blue.