Everybody Wants A Piece Of You - Poem by Brian Mayo
Everyone wants a piece of you.
Just a small piece to
save the rain-forest
or save the whales
or help save the victims
of some terrible flood in some jerkwater town you’ve
never heard of.
They want you to try their new-and-improved design-
now, with three times the crunch and only half
They want to teach you how to get rich quick,
and they want you to invest wisely
and they tell you to look
at the big picture as they ask you
to put your spare change in a hand-lettered jar by the register.
They want you to help the poor little children
and they want to talk to you about Jesus
and they want to
save you money on your car insurance.
They want to put one in every living room
no household should be without it
and they encourage you to compare it to Brand X.
They want to tell you the future or explain your past
or help you escape reality altogether for
23 minutes every Thursday night.
They want you to come to their grand openings
or their going-out-of-business sales.
They want to send you a box of fresh fruit every month
and they want you to separate your glass from
your plastic and they want you to stop eating tuna and
genetically modified corn.
They want to sell you cookies
and solar panels
and WW III.
They want you to
All major credit-cards accepted
all they want
is a little
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