Brian Mayo

Gold Star - 12,347 Points (1960)

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
the calories.
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 cable
and condos
and solar panels
and WW III.
They want you to
Enroll now
Act fast
Limited-time offer
Operators standing-by
All major credit-cards accepted
and remember,
all they want
is a little

Topic(s) of this poem: business, desire, greed

Form: Prose Poem

Comments about Everybody Wants A Piece Of You by Brian Mayo

  • Simone Inez Harriman (12/5/2016 12:49:00 AM)

    Just give a little bit.... a little piece by piece until hello.... they've taken the whole lot. One can feel very diminished...everyone wanting a piece of your time, money and ultimately the whole sum of your life. Well penned Brian. (Report) Reply

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  • Wes Vogler (11/27/2015 2:32:00 AM)

    (If you don't insist it is a poem) Very nicely written Brian. It hits home because we all have the same feeling of being targeted. The thing flows. Where are those limericks? You will have a built-in audience, me. (Report) Reply

  • Margaret Alice Second (11/3/2015 6:05:00 AM)

    Perfect poem, my sentiments exactly, and the way you put it together - this is a classic! I nearly lose my mind when that electronic advertising money-monger's voice take over my computer while I'm working- I can't stand this constant begging and whining about all problems everywhere WHILE all we can do is take care of our own family and the beggars on our own corner! This is JUST perfectly compiled, thank you for the poem. (Report) Reply

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (10/31/2015 10:47:00 PM)

    A very thoughtful poem, indeed. Nicely written on today's scenario....Liked it, Sir. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, October 31, 2015

Poem Edited: Saturday, October 31, 2015

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