The Invisible Hand

by Michael J. Compton

Godís black billboard asks,
"Have you read my best-seller?"
Like a thought balloon
Above the old Bobís Big Boy.

The big, grinning rube
In the checkered overalls
Holds his burger high --
An offering to the One

Who speaks through ad space,
Because the old steeple clubs
He used to favor
Canít cut the current market,

Where even burgers
Are focus-grouped and trendy,
And cornball mascots
Are as passť as church bells.

©2002 by Michael J. Compton

Michael J. Compton is a writer and filmmaker who teaches African American Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Memphis.

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