Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
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Poem: "Planned Obsolescence"

This poem came out of the September 6, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Shirley Barrette.


"Planned Obsolescence"


Once people took
pride in workmanship,
crafting the best tools
they possibly could.

Things were built to last
and made so that they
could be maintained and
repaired over time.

Now they design for
planned obsolescence,
using the cheapest materials
they can possibly obtain.

Things are built to work
just long enough and then
fall apart, disposable crap
meant to be replaced.

Furniture has gone from
good solid wood to plywood
and pressed board, then to
plastic and even cardboard.

Cars once made of real metal
are now flimsy fiberglass shells
that crumple and shatter on impact
and cannot be maintained at home.

All that we have left of our ancestors
is their art, their buildings, their tools;
the things we make become our legacy,
and the future will not think much of ours.

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