'Think Small' by Stan Usovicz

In light of this week's student elections, Stan Usovicz's next poem Think Small seems particularly relevant. It continues the theme of consumption from Drip, Sip, Drop, Plop and reminds us that while thinking of others is a quality often taught to young children or espoused by us, through whatever means, we much prefer to indulge in ourselves and boost our own ego in a number of forms. In this particular poem, the need to 'think small' is not only apparent in the content but in Stan's lexical choice as he refrains from using flowery language or complex metaphors; the message he wants to get across is, evidently, and firstly, the most important thing.  Think Small Think about yourself- that’s what you need to doQuench your thirst with a Sprite, stuff your face with some foodFill your house with things, a TV for each roomWatch plenty of shows, but don’t watch the NewsFind a good paying job, complete with stock optionsYou’ll make a good wage, not as much as your bossesSpend it all quickly- swipe your card without cautionOr save up your money and live like a BrahminFind yourself a spouse, have a child or twoKeep everyone happy, and entertained tooGo on vacations and trips to the zooWhen you travel abroad, just sit by the poolLook inward, not at the world that surrounds youDon’t listen to logic, even if it sounds trueDon’t worry about problems that don’t harm youOther people can solve it, the burden’s not on youScrew all the others! they’re resource trapsThe water you need- it flows from their tapsThe poor they complain- forget all their yapsTell a shoeless man to lift himself up by his boot-strapsNever think about the way the world is constructedDon’t concern yourself with the world’s social justiceWhen you think macro its far too destructiveYou’ll have to tackle difficult discussionsOver population, Water depletionSecurity v. private freedom,God v. an atheist’s reasonBreaking a law for something you believe inThe less we read, the more we watch TVThe less we reason, the more we “believe”The less we talk, we’ll begin to seeThe less we think, the happier we’ll be.  Stan Usovicz