The Connectedness of Consumerism

That phone in your hand,
That band in your ear,
That holiday you plan to take,
That cold can of beer,

None of this is possible
Without the global chemicals that feed them
Yet if they were all gone tomorrow
Do you feel that you would still NEED them?

Our ways of life
Can look so fixed
Yet look at the past 12 months
The powers that be have us tricked
Into believing that without this stuff
We will wake up each morning
Feeling rough
And needy
But when did we all start getting so greedy?

I was asleep for 39 years
A seemingly decent human being
Working through the gears
Of a societal system
That seeks to divide us
Yet it doesn’t take long
To realise there is a lot more that unites us
In our singular humanity
No matter how we look
If I can hear you
And you can hear me
We can re-write the book

I don’t know best
And nor do you
We are all making it up
We haven’t got a clue!
Yet we innocently buy into the belief that there is ‘right’
We jump on a side
We start to fight
But think for a moment
Who really wins?
When some are billionaires
And some are searching through bins
Just to get some food
To make it through the day
It doesn’t have to be this way

So what Garry, this is all too big
Well it can seem that way
But then we haven’t given a fig
For the planet that sustains us, humans, plants, and more
We are at risk of shutting the door
On our own existence as we stay myopically obsessed
On the next phone upgrade or being the best
I am part of the problem
This is a poem to me
I just wanted to find a way
To express with more clarity
That we all have way more power
Than we like to believe
Community is the way forward
You AND Me

If we can learn to feel
And not suppress
I truly feel
We will turn around this mess

I buy stuff, I like cars
I question if trying to colonise Mars
Is really a solution to our Planetary woes
But this is just an example
Of the message in this prose
That we need to start small, go inside of ourselves
Understand our beliefs,
Go seek help
To uncover that wonderful whole human
That I know deeply resides
Yet for the past 100 years
We have been taught to hide

That wonder
That curiosity
That hope
That vision

Now is the time to enact a revision

Within ourselves
Our communities
At work
And in life

Let’s work together to turn around our current strife


Garry Turner
Garry Turner
Combining a powerful mix of international sales and culture expertise, Garry is facilitating individual and team transformations as an interpersonal catalyst. With over 20 years of sales and relationship building experience and qualified in organisational design and development, learning & development and as a chartered member of the CIPD, he focuses on bringing intentional human-centred working to all walks of life, and has the evidence to validate this necessary paradigm shift. Whether through connection-centred workshops, keynote talks, live events or through Thinking Partnerships, Garry is driven by his two non-negotiable core values of growth and connection.

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  1. Gary, Powerful poetry. All to often an article with this message is filled with buzz words, and truly sound more like a business article but this my friend begs us to read again and share with fellow writers and poets. Strong Ink Indeed my friend.

  2. Hi Carol, I deeply appreciate your kind words, thank you for taking the time to read it. I love you pulling that section out, as I re-read that again, it feels to be about letting go, so much freedom on the other side of dropping those stories, yet stories so damn compelling too!! I wonder what this section brought up for you specifically if you were open to share.

    I must confess nor did poetry speak to me until very recently when I started playing with the idea of using it as a way to express seemingly disconnected, complex thoughts.

    I wish you a restful weekend ahead Carol and if interested, Dennis kindly published my first ever poem last week ->

  3. Poetry has never a medium that talks to me, until now. This is fantastic, Garry. This, in particularly, resonates with me:

    “I don’t know best
    And nor do you
    We are all making it up
    We haven’t got a clue!”

    I believe you’re right that it doesn’t have to be this way. I hope that your poem touches everyone as it has touched me.

    Thank you.