Effective Ads

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – Quadrille #106 – “drum”  (posted by Mish)
Lately I have lost my rhythm. My daily routine is more like a jazz drum. It starts and stalls in unexpected places. I’ve lost my beat. I think we can all relate to some degree, even if certain aspects of our lives have returned to “normal”. The ways we are coping are vast and varied depending on our situations and because as humans…and as poets, we all beat to the sound of our own drum. “

So without further ado….

Drum roll please….du ta ta dah! 

The word is…



Full page ad
glossed center
of magazine,
an attempt to
drum up support
for ending smoking.
Garish ad featured
people in oxygen tents,
people smoking through
a hole in their neck,
and some faces
ravaged by surgeries.
Certainly drummed the
message into my head.


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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19 Responses to Effective Ads

  1. Nice take on the prompt. 🙂


  2. Frank Hubeny says:

    Smoking through a hole in my neck would hopefully convince me to give it up.


  3. pvcann says:

    I like how you used that form of drum, and it seemed like you were going to pan the idea, but resolved that it convinced you, the horror persuades.


  4. Mish says:

    Sounds like some very effective visual convincing!


  5. msjadeli says:

    Those kinds of messages might not always work immediately but they absolutely plant seeds. The one with a blackened lung in a jar did it for me.


  6. I was never attracted in the first place, so I have no clue if scaring had any effect on me.


  7. Dale says:

    Interesting take… and sure to keep me away from smoking.


  8. Vivian Zems says:

    Love where you went with this, Sara.


  9. ghostmmnc says:

    Interesting way to use the word drum. And, it’s sad but true.


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