H e a r t S o n s & H e a r t D a u g h t e r s of A l l e n G i n s b e r g
N a p a l m H e a l t h S p a : R e p o r t 2 0 1 4 : A r c h i v e s E d i t i o n
One Satellite One Vote
When a satellite exploded over the Ukraine, it seemed to affect only the life of one person
on Earth, Chris Yenko, of Chicago.
Everyone else went about their normal daily lives. When 21-year-old Chris Yenko was
stopped by the police for running a red light, the police computer check showed that the
car he was driving was stolen from a garage in Mexico, that he had five outstanding
warrants for bank robberies in Portugal, and that he was under investigation in the
country of Georgia for ordering a mob hit on a prominent journalist.
Chris Yenko had never stepped foot outside the state of Illinois.
Nonetheless, he spent two years in a immigrant detention facility, most of the time in
shackles and solitary confinement, until the government managed to send up another
satellite to replace the one that had exploded and that new satellite successfully cleared
Chris's name. It was another three years before the immigration authorities released him
from detention, but when they did they gave him a very sincere apology.
[Originally published in NHS 2010, http://www.poetspath.com/napalm/nhs10/index.html.]