On the Good Ship Lollipop

Journey to cotton-candy lands and slide down

striped canes and drink sugared water:

on the Good ship, Lollipop, we have a one-

way ticket, valid once, redeemable, non-

transferrable, non-refundable, one ticket

per customer: we will reprogram you with

a squeaky voice telling you what to or not

eat, what is or is not sweet, and dazzle

your eyes, confounding it with spinning

wheels until you obey, and slave day-

in and work-out for that once-in-a-life-

time chance of being in the good Ship



This is the 100 Songs Project, a 100-day writing challenge based on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Songs. Every day, I write a short poem, prose piece, or play based on, reacting to, rejecting, accepting, or doing something related to one of the songs in the top 100 list.

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