A Gift That Keeps on Giving

by | Mar 5, 2021 | Political

A sweet tooth leads our history
With problems still today
Slavery brought an influx
Of workers with no pay

Their King it was that sold them
Our ships that brought them in
Still dealing with the backlash
Considered our greatest sin

Then Martin Luther King
Fought for human rights
Died for his convictions
Halfway through his fight

Administrative insight
Led our country through big change
Color made the difference
Jobs then being rearranged

Medicine and food
Distribution began to flow
In nineteen sixty-five (1965)
With Johnson on a roll

No limit to the number
Of children to be had
For government support *(1)
For those without a dad

With money in the foreground
Looking for a hole *(2)
Food and drugs keep churning
To feed and drug our souls

Sugar and its counterpart
Fructose made from corn
Exacerbating illness
With labels meant to warn*(3)

‘Survival of the fittest”
Part of this current age
A war waged against consumers
Makers blameless at this stage

Manufacturing of poison
Legal as can be
Corporations have a license
‘Nutritious’ their decree

Diabetes caused by overweight
Blood sugar gets confused
Driving that old belly fat
Makes a body look abused

Inflammation is a symptom
Comes a body wracked with pain
Food scientists at work
Creating addictive strains

Coca-cola and Monsanto
And Phillip Morris Kraft
Back the Center for Consumer Freedom
With a website fully staffed

The sponsors in the background
With hopes the public doesn’t know
Who’s churning propaganda
As subsidies continue grow

It’s all about the money
As we eat ourselves to death
Watch our waistlines grow
And complain with our last breath!


*(1) The direction I was going originally was to suggest that the food and
drug industry has been made economically fatter because of the government
hand-outs. You only have to look at the carts of groceries to see how they
are filled with processed foods and non-nutritional choices. The food
industry not only fills the shelves with junk food, it also fills the
hospital beds with people because of obesity, diabetes and the heart
problems that its contribution makes. And once again it makes slaves of
no-income people for the industries benefit.

*(2) Our culture is all about ‘finding a hole and filling it.
Unfortunately, the food industry pollutes our food for its own purposes,

*(3) The labels that are supposed to tell us what the food is supposed to
be comprised of for our perusal, to help us make healthy choices. But MSG,
for instance has 25 different ‘innocent’ ways of saying it’s there, a
chemical that is allegedly very bad for our bodies, it causes spikes in
insulin, leading to uncontrollable hunger, cravings and overeating.

Linda Brady

Linda Brady

Grandma Linda is a squigily peg in a square hole. Her poetry is aimed at moving the world to love, unity and perfect margaritas. And after years of perfecting the art, she has the skill to paint a better world and make it so.

When she is not serving customers, gazing at rocks, or visiting her grandchildren Linda is writing poetry. And even during all the above activities she has been known to write still.

– Zackary (self proclaimed “Favorite Grandson”)