Frank Sense 'n Mirth

by Max Bouillet

Coca Cola and Pepsi spliced it into our DNA,
Took the dust that made us, poured the drink
and influence the way the gods see us.
Commandment switched on a dime:

Thou shalt consume thy neighbor as a designer product.

Fertilize your lawn with ensuing defication,
growing fresh green youth swilling cola,
who hide from a vengeful carbonated god
guised under the Dollar Llama.

Beneath neon flashing self-exploitation
we see ourselves in brazen advertisement
of the very gods that consume us even
as we consume them.

We bought it with our Buddha Bucks,
Lives of convenience, to ease the
suffering of the dirty monkey's existence. Bought and sold in cycles,
with the mantra: the price is right.

Basking in the light our own net worth
we bleed sucrose from our corporate stigmatas
for we are a nation of the chemically augmented
choking on the profits of poison.


Author's Note: A collaboration with the most fine poet R. Clark Morrow.

Posted on 09/09/2003
Copyright © 2020 Max Bouillet

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Jason Wardell on 09/09/03 at 06:40 PM

Now I have three-fourths full Pepsi sitting on my desk with nowhere to go. Thanksabunch. ;) The line "we are a nation of the chemically augmented" is awfully depressing... and true. This is a wonderful piece. Great job, both of you :)

Posted by Maryellen Lebeda-Parra on 09/09/03 at 06:50 PM

to great tastes that taste great together ... you and rick make a great peanut butter cup!

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 09/10/03 at 04:18 PM

Amen to this brother Max. Couldn't have said it better. Wry humor at its best, but no one should be laughing.

Posted by Kate Demeree on 09/10/03 at 06:34 PM

*smiling*.... think you have hit the bullseye here with a bit of tongue in cheek humor with a whole lot of hometruths as a chaser. Well Done!

Posted by Glenn Currier on 09/11/03 at 02:50 AM

Oh, DID you pierce the bull's eye! All the bull we get in fitful doses daily from every angle. The sweetness and soda metaphors are soooo apt. Unfortunately hit home to one taken in all too frequently by the hoary seductions of the profits of doom. Clever and true, my friend.

Posted by Mara Meade on 09/11/03 at 01:04 PM

You know...I've tried to laugh at this but I can't. I'll try to loosen up a bit because it could be my mood... but you actually tapped into the First Commandment - Thou Shall Have No Other Gods Before Me (if it's removed from the traditional Christian interpretation.) This shows the consequences of losing our focus. For me, this was very powerful. I see Clark's influence too and I've got to say that great minds DO think alike.

Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 09/13/03 at 12:00 AM

In a free society we do these things to ourselves! You've certainly colorfully pictured the brazeness of the commerical interests. The consumer as brazen in his/her demand I think. It is called the human condition with the rejection of grace!

Posted by Rachelle Howe on 09/14/03 at 07:39 AM


Posted by Michele Schottelkorb on 12/05/03 at 07:31 AM

excellent take on our materialistic world... of course with the usual spin and creativity... masterful... blessings!

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