#marketingfail by Emma Lee

Three men, proud and smiling, individually pose,
each holding a promotional copy of a paper with a red mast.

Three men, political leaders, pose holding a paper
that will be distributed to all except Liverpool postcodes.

Three men, pose with something that calls itself a family newspaper
and puts women on page three with their breasts exposed.

Three men, party leaders, pose with a paper owned by a media mogul
who denied knowledge of phone hacking by his journalists.

Three men pose with a paper produced to celebrate a world cup
where the national men’s team failed to get to the quarter finals.

Three men, who think themselves elected representatives,
pose with a paper I returned to the sender’s freepost address.

Three men pose with a paper I will never buy.
I swallow bile.

Emma Lee’s latest collection is “Ghosts in the Desert” (Indigo Dreams Publishing). She blogs at http://emmalee1.wordpress.com and reviews for The Journal, London Grip and Sabotage Reviews.


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