Featured Poem 5/3/04

All Totaled

A ten-spot for the T-shirt that shrinks by half in the wash.

About two hundred for a ballpark day to watch star sluggers on steroids.

$3.95 for a mad cow burger.

Twelve big C-notes, mid-April, to the feds
for missile defense thingy-wingies for northwest Peoria.

$15.50 for a hip-hop breakthrough album
with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir as backup.

$125 for the contract for the health club
right down the street from the town’s best bakery.

A fiver for the sex pill that balks on Saturday
and kicks in fine during Sunday’s sermon.

Six years saving for a sports car for gridlocked highways.

Some things cheap in life live up to their billing.
Others more pricey are just as worthless.

For everything else there’s poetry.

Richard Swanson

Previous     Next

Close this window to return to previous page.