Worthless Gifts

by Max Bouillet

We are a society
of cheap plastic toys
desperately seeking value in each other
but too often we find that we are
easily broken, replaced, or thrown away.

We no longer know quality
but judge ourselves
in varying degrees of uselessness.

To offset our cheapness,
our packaging becomes thicker
and more difficult to open
giving the illusion that what lies within
is worth the effort
but even this fails
as many of us break
during the unwrapping process.


Posted on 10/15/2012
Copyright © 2020 Max Bouillet

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Linda Fuller on 10/15/12 at 10:18 PM

Excellent poem...and, in many cases, so true. Third stanza nails it. Good to see you back on the boards.

Posted by Brian Francis on 10/15/12 at 11:25 PM

True oh so true well said good write

Posted by Jody Pratt on 10/16/12 at 12:32 AM

Couldn't agree more. There is no doubt in my mind why this got to #2 spot so fast.

Posted by Gregory R Schelske on 10/16/12 at 10:55 AM

Great write! I enjoyed this one very much

Posted by Carolyn Coville on 10/17/12 at 01:03 AM

Yes! Well-said.

Posted by Johnny Crimson on 10/17/12 at 01:34 PM


Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 10/20/12 at 12:40 AM

A brilliantly sobering reminder of what we really are, as if viewed through a glass, and darkly, as General George S. Patton once wrote.

Posted by Bertram Sparagmos on 10/20/12 at 04:34 PM

We are tarnished cogs, hiding our rust with reflective paint, unaware of why we turn. Even these words are slender threads thrown into the abyss, sounding lines trying to detect the depth of one another, if only the vibration is fleeting. Our interactions are shallow. Enjoyed it greatly. Thank you.

Posted by George Hoerner on 10/20/12 at 09:04 PM

Great write Max. It seems everything that is not taught to us is assumed to be a thing we get naturally. Unfortunately, that doesn't appear to be the case. Without the adds on TV we probably wouldn't know who was running for office and/or what we needed to buy next. Oh, I forgot we could always check 'facebook' and see what everyone else is doing, then join the crowd. Again fine write!

Posted by Paul Lastovica on 10/23/12 at 12:27 AM

we will fit together once broken... if only we have the strength to endure the breaking.

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