Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Wal Mart, Organic?

I felt a certain panic to read that
Wal Mart was going organic!
Not because they won’t do it
and profit,
--and many will get off on it--
but because I buy khaki padded envelopes,
red trikes, a t.v., one small lamp shade
and, although they are mostly well-made,
(yet employees are denied benefits and raises)
the idea of organic down the widened aisles
just screams a kind of cultural decay
and upscale begging,
profiteering by means of
applying a revered kind of name (organic)
to eggs, lettuce, apples, carrots, spinach,
strawberries, and the like,
and offering in sleazy packaged form
all that foodie, trendy stuff that beguiles.

© Kay Weeks


Is Walmart Really Going Organic and Local?


Kay Weeks. Ellicott City, MD. Worked in national historic preservation for 30 years, Dep’t of Interior, National Park Service, in the policy-setting Wash. DC home office.

2 comments:

  1. I was delighted to see the Poetry 24 published this poem. Thanks, Claire and Martin!

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  2. right on Kay. Topical not your normal venue but interesting and powerful way to address the siuation. Harve in Vietnam

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