Posts Tagged ‘consumerism’

Society has a way of corrupting the best of us,
It is unclear how,
Opulence seems to be insidious like a stalker,
Turning all to gaunt consumers,
Even bastardising superheroes,

Gods brought down to our level,
Awash in vice and stigma,
Their powers become trademarks,
Capes and super-suits degraded to mere logos,
Reducing them to intellectual properties,

Through our modern lens,
They shift from paragons of virtue,
To arrogance personified,
No better than us mere souls,
Full of hollow want and indecency,

Like us they chase the next high,
With nobody to tell them no,
Who could argue with Superman?
Tell off Thor?
Hold the Hulk responsible?

Who could save the day,
When the heroes are instead pursuing dollars?
It is a sad day indeed,
When heroism is about numbers and shares,
Rather than the act itself.

Ladies and gentlemen,
Younglings of every ilk,
Step right up,
To our humble abode of trifles,
Our house of silly little playthings,
A prison of giggles and vivacity,
We’ve got a toy for every ill,
Teddies and rocket ships and broken bits,
Plastic soldiers all on parade,
Building sets and clowns and consumerism,
So walk our halls of fun and dead smiles,
Shiny eyes following you as you peruse,
Oh yes indeed,
You should see it at night,
These shelves writhe like a gaggle of eels,
Wood and plastic coming to life.