False Idol

The New Red & White, Laura McDonald

The crowd pressed forward as the
Worship leaders emerged
To lead them in
Song and Dance,
In honour of the
Red and White…

“Open a Coke; Open Happiness”
Came the refrain.
“Open Coke today. Change tomorrow.”

And the people bowed and prayed
To the sugary god they made.

It’s the new Red and White:
It will solve all our problems,
And you can buy it
In a bottle.

“Open Happiness”, they sang.
But suddenly, through the flock
Came a flame.
Oh, right: the Torch.
They had forgotten they were here
For the Sport.