The Poetics prompt over at dVerse Poets Pub today was a challenge to do something with advertising slogans and the promises they make. I immediately thought of The Lorax by Dr. Seuss in which the Once-ler makes thneeds out of truffula trees and claims that they are what all people need. And that thought led me to this poem.
Whether he’s selling a thneed or a car
he’ll tell you his goods you need to go far
“Happiness lies in this latest new phone,”
declares the announcer in a low-pitched drone
Yesterday’s model is incredibly outdated
You must have the newest to feel elated
A new wardrobe, new iPod, new everything
are a definite requirement to give your life zing
Do you believe these statements are true?
Sadly, to accept them will leave you quite blue
True joy and happiness come from within
Knowing contentment is how you will win
If you trust your Creator you will enjoy
peace, grace, gladness, and joy