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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Clothes (11/02/12)

TITLE: Consumers are consumed
By Raymond Dickerson
11/04/12


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Vanity, sweet vanity;
I am consumed by you.
I must have the very best,
I will have whatís new.
New car, new clothes, new wristwatch too;
Thousand dollar tennis shoes,
Million dollar point of view;
I am of the chosen few.

Adorn me with the finest pearls,
Bathe me in pure gold.
Who cares if all that I caress
Leaves me feeling cold.
I only matter if I make
The front page of the paper
Iím only someone when I leave
Big tips for my waiter.

Image, image, in the mirror,
Can you make my conscience clearer?
Can you make me something that I
Will not have to fear?
Can you paint me poverty proof?
Place me under a crystal roof?
Make sure I keep all my loot?
Keep me from becoming moot?

Silk and satin spreads and sheets,
Silver silverware;
Golden roads that I may tread
To guide me everywhere.
I want, I want and I want more,
Please blind me from my doom.
Help me not to see the fact that
Consumers are consumed;
I will be too.


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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/08/12
Wow this is a powerful piece. Are there even thousand dollar tennis shoes. I'm blissfully naive in many ways. I can't ever imagine spending that much money on shoes and though in the US I'd be considered on the fringes of poverty I have way more than the majority of the world. It is time to open my eyes and to act. Your words inspired me.
Noel Mitaxa 11/08/12
Very thought-provoking material that shouts down any sense of gratitude for what we have and all that we can share with others - until that last little request. Very well done.
Llewelyn Stevenson 11/09/12
I am not a great poetry reader, though I have written simple ones myself;but I picked up the meter in this one and that made it enjoyable. Pertinent message too.
A B11/09/12
Excellent and so true!
Randy Foncree11/10/12
Awesome poem...I enjoyed this...God bless and thanks for sharing...