black friday

‘Twas the day after Thanksgiving, when all through the mall,

Parking was not to be found, no spaces at all

With Mom in her minivan, and Dad in a truck,

They spied handicapped spots, glad for such luck.

Hours before opening, crowds gathered by doors,

Who would be first to get in the stores?

Shoppers screaming and shouting, a deafening noise,

Getting into position for electronics and toys.

The doors were flung open; the throng did rush in,

They trampled each other, both kith and kin.

They pushed and they shoved; they seized and they took.

Grabbing item after item without even a look.

When in one of the aisles there arose such a clatter,

Cell phone cameras turned on to catch what was the matter.

Two people determined to buy one Barbie doll;

With no computer skills, was she worth a brawl?

An elderly woman was knocked to the floor;

Yesterday thankful, today they want more.

Now Target! Now Big Lots! Now Nordstrom and K-Mart!

On Costco! On Macy’s! On Best Buy and Walmart!

They came bearing club cards and coupons for sales,

Then dragged themselves home with their booty and tales.


Next year let’s remember the season is still

About joy, peace on Earth, and to all men goodwill.

11 comments on “The New Black . . . Friday”

  1. Did you write this??? It’s amazing! I’ve never shopped on black Friday. I’m not a HUGE shopper for Christmas and I loathe crowds….plus, I’m usually exhausted after Thanksgiving. So sad what people can do to each other though…

  2. Great job! I don’t shop on Black Friday –it’s my small protest against the idea of shopping becoming a competitive sport. I think it’s sick.

  3. So great! You are such a talented writer! I stayed home too. Nothing is worth the hassle. I’d rather pay full price or not buy at all. Although I didn’t hear about any major fisticuffs this year. Unfortunately gun sales were up big time. 🙁

  4. Peace on Earth?

    “Aren’t humans amazing? They kill wildlife – birds, deer, all kinds of cats, coyotes, beavers, groundhogs, mice and foxes by the million in order to protect their domestic animals and their feed.

    Then they kill domestic animals by the billion and eat them. This in turn kills people by the million, because eating all those animals leads to degenerative – and fatal – health conditions like heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and cancer.

    So then humans spend billions of dollars torturing and killing millions more animals to look for cures for these diseases.

    Elsewhere, millions of other human beings are being killed by hunger and malnutrition because food they could eat is being used to fatten domestic animals.

    Meanwhile, few people recognize the absurdity of humans, who kill so easily and violently, and then plead for ‘Peace on Earth.'” C. David Coates


    The good news is that anyone can break this cycle of violence. I did and you can too. Each of us has the power to choose compassion. Peace really does begin in the kitchen. Please visit these websites to align your core values with life affirming choices: &

  5. Ha! Perfect. That’s the truth.
    I stay FAR away from the stores the day after Thanksgiving. The fact that the maddness is now bleeding into Thanksgiving makes me CRAZY.

  6. I refuse to do any shopping on Black Friday, both in person and on my computer. I wait until the next day and then I might, just might, shop at some locally-owned businesses. No matter what, I avoid all Big Box Stores.

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