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Death of a Salesman

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Death of a Salesman

Christmas comes just once a year And that should be a blessing, It’s not the birth of Christ I fear, It’s the shopping that’s so depressing. They now fire off starting guns, To start the spending is their goal. But the news stories that the TV runs, Report the shopping day’s death toll. It seems the shoppers who wait up front In these times of greed, In order to get the gifts they want Are willing to make you bleed. So say a prayer and get out of the way For it’s civility that we clearly lack, We used to call this “Shopper’s Friday,” But you see now why it’s called black.

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  1. Date: 11/29/2011 8:25:00 PM
    I worked at Best Buy years ago during Black Friday, and it was so bad that I walked off the job. Your poem describes that infamous shopping experience quite well with some good rhyming.

  1. Date: 11/29/2011 5:57:00 PM
    Tony, thanks for commenting on my poems - it made me feel compelled to check out some of yours and I am glad that I did. You write the kind of poetry that I enjoy writing and reading. Poetry that actually rhymes - imagine that. I like the simplicity of your stories and the creativity of how you weave them. I may not comment on all of them, but I will check out many more. Joe

  1. Date: 11/29/2011 3:46:00 PM
    Good on ya Tony, and now i bloody see, ya put new lenses on me eyeballs, black friday serendipity....

  1. Date: 11/28/2011 3:33:00 PM
    On the button Tony..!

  1. Date: 11/25/2011 11:10:00 PM
    Tony,, first things first~ How was your thanksgiving? I hope fine! About this poem: i will stay out of the way..lol... and avoid getting stomped in many ways... enjoyed,..p.d.

  1. Date: 11/25/2011 10:04:00 PM
    I gather you have been out there shopping lately Tony!! Keep on enjoying there are a lot more days to go!

  1. Date: 11/25/2011 7:40:00 PM
    Never do Black Friday. Guess I've never felt like fighting crowds to get material things. We have simplified Christmas a lot in these last years and everyone finds it more enjoyable. This is a timely and thought provoking poem. Thank you for sharing it and for your kind comment. Karen

  1. Date: 11/25/2011 3:22:00 PM
    in a word brain washing ... great poem mate .. dollar- greed- yes-in dee d .

  1. Date: 11/25/2011 1:55:00 PM
    LOL, yes, it really is too commercial!

  1. Date: 11/25/2011 1:08:00 PM
    Right on, Tony. I had to read the book, "Death of a Salesman" by Arthur Miller, when I was a kid. Can't remember if the main character's name was Willy Loman or not? Yeah, it must have been Willy Loman. And one of the sons might have been named Biff? Hehe - so long ago. Enjoyed the satirical quality of your poem.

  1. Date: 11/25/2011 12:49:00 PM
    Luckily we don't have Black Friday over here, I somehow don't envy the salesmen during this time of the year.. enjoyed reading you tonight my friend. love Wilma

  1. Date: 11/25/2011 11:34:00 AM
    well put my friend... well put... Michael

  1. Date: 11/25/2011 7:58:00 AM
    There's a lot of truth in this cute rhyme of yours, Tony! Enjoyed! Catie :)

  1. Date: 11/25/2011 5:42:00 AM
    That sounds about right ! Nicely put