ad campaign…

ad campaign

aunt bea
giggled
when she heard
a neighbor’s child
singing
some
commercial jingle
as she
side-stepped the cracks
on the sidewalk
not
wanting
to break
her mother’s back
aunt bea
saying
wouldn’t it be
something
if
death
had its own
ad campaign
with
a clever
little jingle
that folks
could hum
and
sing
throughout
the day
i wonder
if such
an awareness
of death
and
our
finite existence
would change
the way
we treat
and
speak
to
others

dreams can come true…

copyright cwmartin 2011

carefully
crafted
commercials
commemorate
hypothetical
anniversaries
with that
special
fantasized
figure
filling
lonely
loveless
lives
yours
and
anyone else’s
for the taking
if
you’d
only
buy
their
product

congratulations….

transparency international
would like to
congratulate
you
you
have been selected
at random
from thousands
to receive
an all expense paid vacation
to one of their
top ten countries
this trip will afford
you an opportunity
to live life as a local
experience the reasons
for all those heart warming stories
that you have only heard about
on the evening news
for example
watch a new-born infant
vainly fight for survival
then
wade through governmental muck
attempting to bribe a government official
to regain your passport
experience the thrill of the hunt
by being the hunted
run wild to foreign borders
be rejected
or
imprisoned in tent camps
this is just a sample of what awaits you
and although previous winners
have requested a travel brochure
i must sadly admit we have none
however
i have enclosed
several photographs
with comments on each
photo number one
a lovely camp in sudan
where you’ll  while away the hours
talking to natives from darfur
please ignore the small fire being set
in the foreground
photo number two
transportation system is displayed
these are somalian toll boats
please bring the correct change
since the captain only carries large bills
this is not some one time offer
like those silly tv commercials
this a stable world condition
so you need not rush to your phone
to respond
take your time
most people
have