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  1.  Dog Eat Dog

Pop-Up Poetry
by Gwen Dickerson
Thursday, October 12, 2006
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Pop-up poetry
Commercial gimmicks
Media overload

Misleading advertising
Inducements for spending
Mindless compliance

Commercials sing:
I'll make you handsome -- pretty
Sexy -- happy
Buy bigger -- better -- more
More -- than your neighbor

We embrace this fallacy
This thoughtless mentality
Appeasing our insecurity

Corporate giants merging -- ever growing
Their political power -- influencing our lives
Their "for profit" choices -- deciding our destiny
Citizens heavily in debt? -- You bet!
Dependency upon life-style necessities
Mostly met -- by foreign producers

Tell me -- do we:
Make or grow anything -- here -- anymore?
Tell me -- Re-assure me -- Educate me -- please!

Alas -- our heads are in the sand
We've got credit cards -- say all's okay
To hell with saving for a rainy day
We can't spend fast enough
Continue to buy more needless stuff

Pop-up poetry
Commercial insanity -- spawned of industry
A frantic -- "covet" -- "buy me now" policy
A most successful -- mass manipulation of society

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Reviewed by A Serviceable Villain 11/10/2008

Well-done . . . an exceptional poem - thanks for this one!!


Reviewed by HB Clayton 5/2/2007
Amazing the levels that corporate america will sink in order to make that dollar! Imagine the psychological long term effects these tactics have on our children. Needed to be said. Thanks-HB
Reviewed by Dennis Keister (Reader) 3/18/2007
We make most of the things we drink and all the snack food and most of the movies. So stay home with someone you love and maybe after the movie is over you can make something else? Dennis
Reviewed by K. Mulroney 2/10/2007
Amen! I felt every thrust of your poetic truth! You have this country down, smack down. Great piece! Thanks to Andre for pointing me here!
Reviewed by ~ Holly Harbridge (Reader) 2/10/2007
Excellent, well done Gwen. God Bless, Holly
Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 1/8/2007
Commericals are quite misleading. One can always hit "MUTE". Good poem.......M
Reviewed by E. Richardson 11/15/2006
oh this I can relate too...tis one of my favorite rants. Excellent work, here lady poet.
Reviewed by Barbara Terry 11/8/2006
OMG Gwen, you said it all!!! The second stanza also reminds me of how Wisconsin voted on one of our referendums on Tuesday:

Misleading advertising
Inducements for spending
Mindless compliance

But then politics is nothing more than a shopping trip, to get the public to buy, regardless of how false the advertising is.

Thanks for sharing Gwen.

May the Lord Jesus bless you, and those whom you love, and be with you always, and at your side constantly. With much love in my heart, joy to the world, peace on earth, & ((((((((((MANY WONDERFUL SISTERLY HUGGGGSSSS)))))))))), your little sister, Barbie

"If I have to be this girl in me, Then I have the right to be."
Reviewed by Vesna Vanessa 10/23/2006
alas..the truth!

great write..

Reviewed by Russ Okamura 10/21/2006
This poem is filled with great passion and truth. you delivered this with real power. Awesome work.
Reviewed by Paul Williams 10/16/2006
I'll buy that for a dollar...oh yes! Let's follow the corporate whore with her dazzling array of trinkets. Brilliant write Gwen, there is much insight and wisdom within your words. Let's hope people begin to wake up to what's really going on.

Reviewed by Joseph* OneLight* 10/16/2006
Yep, you said it ... modern brainwashing of the people or, should I say "sheeple"?

Love & Light,
Reviewed by David Arthur Walters 10/14/2006
Dear Gwen, Good Grief, pop up ads are embedded in the PCs now - mine is not linked to the Internet, yet I keep getting pop ups to protect my computer from viruses and so on. But your poem reminded me of my pet peeve, is the deceptive ads of corporations who abuse the word "integrity" in their mission statements. Oh, but get a magnifying glass and look at the fine print, they say, and you'll see our ad was not deceptive. David
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 10/13/2006
You make some very valid points here, Gwen; most timely. Thank you. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by Abdi-Noor Mohamed (Eagle Of Hope) 10/13/2006
Brilliant work
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 10/12/2006

A full package of poetic tasks duly delivered in "Pop-Up Poetry".

I salute You, Poet.

Andre Emmnuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by William Bonilla 10/12/2006
Amen to that Gwen
I try not to look a commercial
they seem to insult my intelliegence

Love & Peace
Reviewed by Peter Paton 10/12/2006

I always sift the Good from the Bad..
I just turn off mentally...and only take in what I want too..
Powerful write

God Bless

Reviewed by Rhonda Galizia 10/12/2006

What a tremendous bit of poetic lament - and exacting truth - of the decline of the once Greatest Nation on Earth.

With God out of the picture, every good and perfect gift goes, too...

Super-catchy title, Gwen!
Love, Rhonda
Reviewed by J M 10/12/2006
This is crafted well and expressed so well. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 10/12/2006
Cleverly penned, Gwen, the media has stooped to new lows in order to make a buck. Shame. I don't even have the bucks to buy what they're advertising............well done!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Victor Buhagiar (Reader) 10/12/2006
The media is hell bent on twisting our minds. Great poem. Victor
Reviewed by E T Waldron 10/12/2006
Wow! You have hit this button dead on! It puts in mind what a full explanation of my "Perfidious Perversions" might be. Excellent factual poetry Gwen! Kudo's!

Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 10/12/2006
So very true...I hate watching too much TV anyways...too much violence!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Steve Patterson 10/12/2006
so true...
as for me, i just don't watch TV nor listen to the radio nor read newspapers... still my head in the sand and make believe, knowing there is no reality.
Reviewed by Lew Duffey 10/12/2006
Hey I have the perfect product for you. This wonderful software package blocks pop-ups forever. Never be annoyed by those pop-ups again. It only costs.....and on and on it goes. Is there nothing without a price tag anymore?
Good Write,
God Bless,
Reviewed by Sue Hess 10/12/2006
the commercials have gotten more important than the programming..msh
Reviewed by Felix Perry 10/12/2006
I am so sad to say that all Western civilizations have ended up going this way and your Pop Up Poetry describes it in an all too real fashion. Good lesson.

Reviewed by Lisa Hilbers 10/12/2006
Scary isn't it? A society once totally self-sufficient now finds themselves completely dependent upon others and other countries for our selfish needs. Could we ever go back? It's possible, but not at the rate we are now.
Thanks for the wake up!

Reviewed by George Carroll 10/12/2006
All too true in a secular soon to be godless society if others have their way. We are digging our own graves by buying from countries like China where almost everthing you buy comes from them. We are making them a superpower with our own money, whose ambitions to rule the world are not fantasy. Our corporations have sold us out to foreign cheap labor.

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