Black Friday

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Black Friday

Yesterday you masticated
until appetites were sated.
Then certain relatives orated,
argued, harangued and debated—
their monologues all unrelated.

Trapped, you were all educated
in what they sanctioned, what they hated.
Admit it, weren’t you elated,
when that last politician was rated,
and the last argument abated?

Once all your visitors were gated,
those final good-byes terminated,
and their ills excoriated,
you could prepare for what was fated.
Your choice was unequivocated.

Now that you’d heard and eaten all,
Tomorrow, you’d consume the mall.


Black Friday is the day following Thanksgiving Day in the United States (the fourth Thursday of November). Since 1932, it has been regarded as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season in the U.S., and most major retailers open very early (and more recently during overnight hours) and offer promotional sales.

The prompt today is “sated.”

7 thoughts on “Black Friday

  1. Christine Goodnough

    While I like your poem about the hol—
    the family visits seem such a ball,
    as each one voiced their plaudits or gall—
    but I don’t like “Black Friday” at all.
    I hear it’s one mad free-for-all.
    Would multi-national retailers all
    cease trying to foist on Canucks this ball!


    1. lifelessons Post author

      I’ve never been to one either, Christine. We’re just trying to foist it out on you to get rid of it ourselves!! And actually, I loved family Xmases. My dad and aunt and Grandma would get going in Dutch and it seemed so exotic to me. This poem is fictional, although I could imagine it so clearly. I simply flashed back to a few thousand Facebook messages I glanced at in the past year–mainly on other people’s sites.


  2. hirundine608

    Ohh …. that explains the full supermarket and some low prices. Did I buy more than needed? Yeah! Not too much more but more than I planned. With the pensions the government hands out you have to budget each month, in Canada. Thank heavens the next cheque arrives next week. Then it will be goodbye for another 4 weeks. Cheers Jamie. Gassed up and bound to go …


    1. hirundine608

      BTW … coming out of the supermarket I was greeted by a man wearing a red hat with a long tassel. Who said, “Merry Christmas”! Unfrickingbelievable. There is still a week to go in November. I guess he was collecting for something? Do people realize; what the size of charitable donations amount to? We may have kindness in our hearts? This is big business for them. As long as they are raking in the millions, we’ll never have a cure. For cancer, hunger or anything else. Just charities that do not pay taxes. J.


  3. Marilyn Armstrong

    I realized today I have never gone shopping on the day after Thanksgiving. I doubt I’ve shopped anytime near Christmas anytime during the past 20 years. I used to do all my Christmas shopping while we were on vacation in the summer. Now I do what little shopping there is online. I’ve been dodging the crowds as long as I can remember. Funny how the event gets bigger and bigger anyway.

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