Photography, Poetry and Art Projects by Ciaran Burke

Retail Therapy On High

From the high point of observation
branded coffee cup on plastic tray
my reflection haunting me in the
window of the concession chain

Pink neon of three sided square
framing female seduction in red
sale sign offering further incentive
mannequin in lace bearing plastic thigh

The day has passed but the sentiment
lingers in the season of consumption
under chains of light strung out to
induce warm feelings of celebration

In my reflected profile, shadows of shoppers
walk below, their lives defined by
the brand names they carry emblazoned
on paper and plastic, the retail high.
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