Once I believed the very old saying I learned
That Necessity is the mother of invention,
But as I walked the aisles of the big box stores,
It’s more likely that Profit is the father of intention.
So many geegaws and whatchamacallits to buy,
What are the necessities that drive their demand?
For, as I stood amazed looking at a salad spinner,
What happened to washing them with your hands?
Corporations are very smart at getting us all
To buy things from I-phones to Chia pet seeds.
For their profit margins will continue to rise,
As long we continue to confuse wants with needs.
Written for the Saturday Mix, Mad about Metaphor, from Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie, February 2, 2019. The phrase prompt is Necessity is the mother of invention.