Wednesday, 5 February 2020

Lunch Break - poems of consumerism



Wot u looking at?' said the butch butcher (Butch)
To the gross of grocers at Grosvenor Green
'Oo me?' they replied, 'we wuzzn't,' they lied
They were keenly aware of their low self-esteem


Butch went to the gym, with his slim brother, Jim
To pump biceps, and steroids and weights
The grocers went shoppin', their taste buds were hoppin'
And bought seventeen kilos of cakes.


Seven girlies were scowlin', their hormones were howlin'
'I don't understand one iota,
Joo want one hunk in bed, or joo wanna be fed?'
'I like cakes, let's work out a rota!'


A folder of clerks were patrolling like sharks
Their lunch hour was usually thus
Searching cafe and pub for the honey called love
They'd succeed at their flirtin' or cuss.


From the Junction of Clapham, to the Broadway of Ealing
The yoof of today share a similar feeling
Their housing, their shops, all the gizmos they've got
There's none of it chosen, it's the same weary plot.


Through distant investment by the rich (and his wife)
Fear and power are pulling their strings
Even yoof feel the need for a meaningful life
Perhaps something more than just lunchtime flings?


Their innocence lost, they're possessed by the ghost-
Unholy, that leads to the mire
Of fashions and debts, more gizmo-oid nets
Until suddenly - they're due to retire.


'Buy one get one free,' howls the bright neon sign.
When the bulb blows you'll notice the razor sharp fence
on the twelve foot high wall between mart and estate
by the 'mobile' tower - non-stop talk with no sense.


The mobile tower - stands poised to impale
The mobile tower - we inhale the un-hale
The mobile tower - from the ether we gather
The mobile tower - serves to multiply blather


Thank God(ess) for invention - this 'open mike'
Our unreal estate where Yahooligans roam
Where all can Google what 'ere they like
And give voice to their truth - this democratic zone.

Related 

The Passport is in the Heart - poem


Tags:  consumerism, meaningful poems, poems, advertising,
housing

© Peter Fairbrother @pjforguk www.pjf.org.uk

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