When their eyes are full of TV
Their chewing slows and stops
Until the food rots on the tongue,
Between the teeth,
In the cheeks.
The ad break breaks the excitement
So their jaws get to work again
Until the food disappears in a swallow and a gulp,
Down the throat,
Into the stomach.
When their eyes are full again,
Nothing else matters;
Food may rot,
Mom may shout,
But TV is the ruler of their lives.
The teacher and the parent suffer, too,
Teaching kids whose minds hunger
For the pretty passivity of unblinking eyes,
For the slack-jawed appreciation of the spectacle,
For the dwindling attention span.
TV puts their minds in boxes
So make sure yours isn’t trapped, too!
Escape the temptation;
Eat your food without adding TV sauce,
Drink your drinks TV-free,
Live your life TV-less.