Saturday, January 26, 2013

Poetics: buying insurance from geckos & lions

photo by Chad Miller

'happier than an antelope
with night vision goggles,'

ha.

i love that commercial
(and for insurance no less)

the way
they goad the lion,

'hey carl, (snicker, snicker)
maybe you should become
a vegan'

listen to them
laugh,

feeling so safe,
as if
that isn't
exactly where the lion
wants them

watching TV,
gaining weight, fat-
tening up for the meal

'it's your deal.'

down 3-1
i slap down 2 sets
of five cards, fan
mine & look

over the top,
her eyes already parceling out
the choice cuts, like that chart
of a side of beef

yes, she is
right

where i want
her.

raWr.

Over at dVerse Poets today, we are writing on mass media ~ radio, tv, internet, movies etc. I chose a GEICO commercial as my inspiration. Doors will open at 3 pm EST later today. Should be some fun. Do stop in.

85 comments:

Cloudia said...

Raw r!
Aloha

kaykuala said...

Commercials are meant to irritate. They come in between and cut short the enjoyment. Apparently it's a small sacrifice considering otherwise the high cost without TV ads. This probably explains why YouTube is preferred nowadays! Nicely Brian!

Hank

Mary said...

Good one, Brian. I know that commercial. RaWr indeed. See u later.

Kelvin S.M. said...

...'happier than an antelope with night vision goggles'... ha, i remember that...well def not a commercial here in Philippines but had once encountered when browsing on youtube for a group project in Humanities class where we were asked to do commercial spoops... haha...what fun Brian...well we ended up presenting a local commercial of a cereal product and i just played the role of the kid eating cereals...aww... i like commerials...sometimes even more entertaining than the regular shows the tv has...but no...it can be luring most of the times and partial...smiles...

Valerie said...

I don't know the commercial but I liked the way you wrote this. Enjoy your weekend, Brian.

rumoursofrhyme said...

That's not a commercial that has crossed the Atlantic, but you've managed to make it sound fun.

It's interesting watching US TV shows on DVD - you can see where all the ad-breaks are, and there are way more than we have!

SueAnn Lommler said...

Ha! We laugh at that commercial too!
So...you are the lion...giggle!
Hugs
SueAnn

Lorraine said...

Hw fabulous and you say it all with the last raWr lol

Mark said...

I think I'd rather buy insurance from that cat. Though I would like to see a lion pretend to go vegan or just eat something that's telling it to go vegan.

Green Speck said...

A "raw-r" of applause for you :-)

the walking man said...

So how did you taste on her plate? Oh how we think we are cunning when we want to be the prey.

Dawn Paoletta said...

LOve it...and the way you tuned in with your own uniquely Brian Miller style. I was writing a dream in my mind this morning right before I woke up...and talk about annoying. It's right there on the tip of my...yet a can't recall a lick. ACK!

izzy said...

Love the eyes over the top of your cards! Hate THAT green gecko, thank God I can fast forward most ads...

Dave King said...

I don't know the commercial, but certainly imagined it, and on the strength of that, perhaps, found this to be you at your best. Love the infusion of humour so much I can be philosophical about what I might be missing.

DJan said...

I laugh at that commercial every time I watch it. Your poem is great, Brian! Made me smile. :-)

raWr!

manicddaily said...

very charming. great line and section breaks. k.

Claudia said...

smiles...well roared lion..this is a fun piece and love the closure with the underlying "danger" in it..gave me weak knees a bit..ha...even though on one hand we want to tame these lions, we def. want them to stay wild and a bit unpredictable still...smiles

Pat Hatt said...

Forwent the lamb and just went with the lion
As you roar away or at least keep tryin haha
That commercial is fun
Even though an animal will never get me to buy insurance under my sun
And movies you say
Should be a fun day

Daniel said...

Right where they want us to be sure! Funny.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I know the commercial that you speak of - funny stuff. I normally am not a fan of commercials....but Super Bowl Sunday is always an exception :)

Susan said...

I hate that commercial! But, hey, if heckling keeps them engaged, you know right where she is . . . .

annell said...

I like how you tied your piece to a commercial...and I think that is exactly where he wants them.

adeeyoyo said...

Too clever, Brian. Love 'her eyes already parceling out...' and the ending wraps it all up so well, raWr - excellent. Just like a cat plays with his prey!

adeeyoyo said...

Btw, the photo says it all! Chad one of your sons? Nice pic.

Gloria said...

love this poem Brian but especially the cat picture!!
have a nice day

farawayinthesunshine said...

...feeling so safe...all of a sudden I do not anymore...I say less TV, more books :-)

Enjoy your sledding week-end with family, Brian. Did it snow?

Grace said...

I am not familiar with the commercial but its ironic the messages that we send out, while being devoured by business ~ I like the lion's roar at the end ~

An interesting prompt ~ Happy Saturday to you ~

Suz said...

ha ha....loveit
and I love the witch factory one too
does your mind ever shut down?

Myrna R. said...

Most of the time I record whatever I want to see, that way I can skip the commercials. So I haven't seen this one. But your poem makes its point - they have us exactly where they want us. I hate to have people selling me stuff all the time. But I must admit, some of the commercials I have seen are pretty entertaining and creative.

turtlememoir said...

love this brian - a fun read, it almost makes me want to own a tv again just to be able to catch commercials like this... but i might be disappointed, your poem is so good ;)

Teri M said...

Rawr indeed! :-)

FrankandMary said...

<No Tv, but I am a big cat fan....

hedgewitch said...

I never know what any of the commercials say, because they remain on mute--they're irritating enough that way. (I especially hate the ones that cheat and use text, too.) I love your perspective changing from general to personal, and of course, the Leo-centric pov.

Gretchen Leary said...

Wow, I could see that look she gave you in the way you wrote this. Very intense look. That commercial always makes me want to yell out "Oh my god, watch out" haha to those laughing idiots.

Gretchen Leary said...

Oops, I read that wrong. You're the one giving her the look ha. Not sure why I read that backwards. Still intense, you lion you!

Frank Watson said...

Playful, cool, and light poem--very nice. I like those kinds of cool commercials too & the gecko's cockney accent.

Susan Daniels said...

Oooo--the Geico lizard
Makes it into a Brian Miller poem--and this works. Have I called you a genius lately?

Zuzana said...

Dear Brian, am not familiar with that commercial, but love that image - is that taken by your son.;) A real talent,:)
Have a great weekend, here we are getting close to moving again.;)
xoxo

Tara Miller said...

hahaha! Rawr back at 'cha. ;)I love that commercial...funny how they draw us right in.

Geraldine said...

Don't watch TV anymore so I haven't seen that one. Love the photo though, as does the Chedster!

Happy Weekend Brian, G

ND Mitchell said...

Also haven't seen that commercial Brian, but like where you've taken it! :)

^.^ said...

... wait till the lion wants to sleep ... he might cut you a deal ...

Betsy Brock said...

"we see you, carl...we can totally see you!" lol....

kkkkaty said...

..I like your take on the 'media' prompt...commercials are rarely tasteful anymore..but geckos are amiable enough..

Glenn Buttkus said...

As the pied piper of dVerse poets, you lead the way, brother. Mass media, wow, these days a loud fart in the Philippines alerts them, and flatulence alarms sound on CNN immediately; sirens giving raspberries, whoopie cushions for all! I took your lead, and was happy to do it, sir!

Natasha Head said...

Awesome caturday post and awesome poetics prompt...I know the commercial..and I will confess to giggling...humor in 30second doses get's into your harddrive quicker than anything else...from a giggle to a new insurance policy...smooth I tell you...they are so very smooth

Fred Rutherford said...

nice. You know, I don't watch commercials very often. Ever since TIVO came about and DVR's I just fast forward through them, but watching sports I do so live, and therefore I get my fill of commercials and the geico ones are always among the best. The antelope and night vision goggles is a good one. Nice write. Thanks

Jenny said...

The creator of that commercial, has a good imagination...The Geico commercials are always eye catching...wonder how many sales they actually gain. Good write, Brian. Have a great weekend with your family.

Fireblossom said...

Geico does one of my favorite commercials (the witch in the broom factory), but also has the two least-appealing animal characters in the history of advertising: the gecko and the pig. Both are instant mutes for me.

Anyway, you did a really neat job of turning the ad around to the poker hand. It was cute.

Carrie Burtt said...

....that is so funny, cause Shay said what I was going to....love the broom factory one....love all of the Geico commercials anyway....hope you have a great weekend Brian. :-)

Alice Audrey said...

These days the only ads I encounter are the ones on Slacker.com. My ad block filters out the rest.

Laurie Kolp said...

Sassy... love it!

afterhisimage said...

and does the lion sleep tonight? ..reminds me of a clip where these elephants stood around these lionesses which had taken an elephant calf. when the cats were full and at their slowest, the herd walked around the hill and trampled the lion young. I still get goosebumps thinking about that sometime.

Mama Zen said...

Sexy and fun!

Leovi said...

Yes, interesting. Yes, it's okay to feel safe. But sometimes commercial insurance are not ..

pandamoniumcat said...

I don't know the commercial but I don't think I would goad a lion, even if I had insurance...ha ha

jasmine calyx said...

This is my favorite part:

"feeling so safe,
as if
that isn't
exactly where the lion
wants them

watching TV,
gaining weight, fat-
tening up for the meal"

This is SO true!

marousia said...

Nice one!

rallentanda said...

Don't know that ad...marmalade cats
only do it for me. Beautiful creature!

ladyfi said...

Loved this write - playful!

Dana Dampier said...

Bahaha... This is a great one!

Madeleine Begun Kane said...

Well done! This is one of the few commercials I can readily identify. I tend to tune them out. When they play, I go somewhere else. In my mind, that is. :)

JANU said...

Don't know about the ad, but you seem to be taken in. Nice.

Polly said...

Y'know, some things are just meant to be ... I wrote a small stone earlier today about the first TV ad in the UK (!) and then looked at your marvellous prompt, Brian, only to find in my Trash a bit of social media that was so fitting ... anyway, enough of that.

I like your take on the telly, love ads, especially like the 'raWr' to finish with :)

A Cuban In London said...

Ah, I loved that raWr at the end. Marvellous poem, playful as the lion is probably with the antelope. You captured the essence of the hunting feline: watchful, patient and fast. Great stuff.

Greetings from London.

Marbles in My Pocket said...

I hear ya, Brian. I can't hardly watch TV anymore, and commercials are a big part of the reason why. Yeah, some of them are funny, but half the time, their over and I don't know what they were advertising. Gettin old and slow, I reckon. The thing that bothers me most about commercials these days, is it seems like that old thing we call truth in advertising doesn't exist anymore. I mean, seriously how can EVERY insurance company save you $400?? Which is the ONE they're all lower than? Am I right? Ha! Don't git me started, man!

Sabio Lantz said...

My house does not have commercial TV -- so I don't know any commercials at all. We only have movies here. So lots of conversations are a puzzle to me. I am sooooo glad we don't see commercials -- so my mind doesn't have to fight over what I should buy.

Barbara said...

Hah! Hate those commercials! RaWr indeed.

Luke Prater said...

rawr. Actually I love the commentary on the commercial. v intelligent and interesting.

ayala said...

Very cool! :)

Gerry Snape said...

hard to get away from a box of some sort....t.v. ...'pooter'...smart phone ....get me back to reality somebody quick....love the poem!!!

Ginny Brannan said...

I love the way you so smoothly blend one subject right into another. "Rawr" indeed!!

Mystic_Mom said...

One word: AWESOME! So good...really really good.

Wolfsrosebud said...

... but he's so cute

cloudfactor5 said...

rawr ... indeed such a Leo-esce post !! yeah that was a cool commercial, and that gecko is probably the coolest on the planet! but your verse for some reason reminds me of an old song "The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game " by Smokey Robinson, anyway thanks for the chuckle and for sharing this great write !!So great to have have you out front leading the way !!!

Syd said...

I like that one with the lions. Funny!

Bodhirose said...

Enjoyed this, Brian...thanks for a great platform for inspiration this evening. I mute or ignore most commercials although there are some entertaining ones out there.

Sharp Little Pencil said...

Brian, good one, skewering commercials. The one Lex and I laugh about the most is Cialis commercials. Their trademark is two adults holding hands sitting in separate tubs. Hey, it's for erectile dysfunction - shouldn't they be splashing in the same tub?! And RaWr? Hysterical. Amy
http://sharplittlepencil.com/2013/01/27/extra-extra-editorial-comment-by-moi/

lucychili said...

fierce =). sounds like a great ad.
feeling like a plump bambi =)

mywordwall said...

ah...those ads! they are pervasive and quite silly. Why would companies want animals to shill their products? Perhaps, they think the lizard or the lion, or even the duck! - has more credibility than their people. The thing is, they can be quite engaging and effective. :-)

RMP said...

I am addicted to those commercials: the witch in a broom factory, the muscle man directing traffic, a slinky on an escalator, Christopher Columbus with speed boats....

I have a feeling playing cards with you is (dangerously) fun.

Sue said...

haha

you are a dangerous man

;)

my heart's love songs said...

{giggle}

fun write, Brian!

Pauline said...

Your insight plus your talent for arranging words makes you a top notch poet.

Sheila said...

ha. sounds like my dad playing cards. he is a calculating genius...I can never beat him.