Consuming consumption

In this dizzying, consumer-driven world

where we are what we buy

we are no longer concerned about what we create,

what we produce – our being, our doing, our making

 

life is a mall alley and we are challenged

to put as much as we can in our shopping carts

 

so, like DeNiro in the Mission, we drag our purchases along

through each phase of life… and in the end, to have it sorted

by an auctioneer or a Salvation Army volunteer –

and, the legacy we had hoped for

becomes, simply, a legacy we must accept – not of our making,

and reflecting nothing of our soul

 

hinging on a decent Sally Ann cheque for deposit into our Estate

 

– Chris George 

2004 

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