Buy This Poem

Buy This Poem

A Poem by Zugzwang

Buy this Poem 

The ads for things are everywhere: 

“Good on ya Mum!” for ‘Tip-Top’ bread 

The ad tells you the kids say “Yeah!”,  

But it is shitting in your head. 

 

Some cars are better than the rest; 

So when you buy a Jeep, of course, 

You know that you have bought the best: 

It’s likened to a well-hung horse. 

 

And when we dress, we must dress well: 

At home, at work, or in a bar. 

The brands we wear all sound a bell 

That tells our brethren who we are. 

 

And if you’re thirty and not wed,  

You’ll notice a sulfurous smell, 

The world will fall in on your head,  

And you will plummet straight to hell. 

 

Once you are wed, you have to breed 

We must create new progeny; 

If, when you’re gone you’ve sown no seed,  

We’ll face a crashed economy.


When there is no baby-sitter, 

Your kids will beg for things they’ve seen 

If, burned out, you set your litter 

Before Big Brother’s T.V. screen. 

 

Bombastic hard-sell tactics grate, 

But turn it off, the ads won’t stop: 

Like a dog or loyal mate,  

Big Data watches while you shop. 

 

Big Malcolm Turnbull’s rhetoric 

And Shorten’s words ring not quite true: 

The one is back-room politics,  

The other workshopped by his crew. 

 

Big business donates money too 

To help the parties in their show; 

Election won, the games not through 

The donors want their quid pro quo. 

 

The mind-forged manacles within our heads 

Are corporations’ covert sneering joke. 

Politicians share their boardroom beds, 

And we all labour, oxen in the yoke.


© 2017 Zugzwang



My Review

Would you like to review this Poem?
Login | Register




Reviews

I like you rhyming!

I enjoyed this, especially the parts about sulfurous spinsters and TV litters. The only thing I noticed is that the first two stanzas could (but don't need to) be placed elsewhere, as the flow really starts in the 3rd stanza. It's just a personal choice though, I move my stanzas around a lot trying to tease out the flow.

Nice job. I always like your stuff, and I immensely enjoy your unique talent in writing free verse, but just for fun I'm gonna say, "rhyme more too!" 😃

Posted 2 Months Ago


Gaia Octavia

2 Months Ago

I love Stephen Fry.
Zugzwang

2 Months Ago

He's a funny and erudite dude
Gaia Octavia

2 Months Ago

👍 agreed
yes, we are all oxen in the yoke...they are supposed to work for us, but we seem to be working for them---they rule and we drool...
love the political statements in this and the clever use of rhyme (which i ordinarily am not that fond of)---
well done, Z...

Posted 3 Months Ago


Zugzwang

3 Months Ago

They rule and we drool...I love that one! No doubt from a song somewhere. I used to dislike rhyme to.. read more

Request Read Request
Add to Library My Library
Subscribe Subscribe


Stats

117 Views
2 Reviews
Shelved in 1 Library
Added on November 19, 2017
Last Updated on December 6, 2017

Author

Zugzwang
Zugzwang

About
Take a trip down the rabbit hole... more..

Writing
Rain Rain

A Poem by Zugzwang