PROMPT #131 – SODA? POP? SOFTDRINK? WHAT?

In some parts of the country, soft drinks are called pop. In other parts, a bottle of pop is called a soda, or sometimes soda pop. Sometimes, soft drinks are called soft drinks. In some cities it is possible to go into several supermarkets and see all three labels on the aisles where these beverages are kept, sometimes right next to the beer. A similar situation occurs with sandwiches that are called, variously: submarines, subs, bombers, grinders, hoagies, po-boys, and the like. Write a poem about an item that has different names in different places, or in different situations.

MARIE ELENA’S DEPARTURE FROM THE PROMPT

HUH?

This word’s vast dispersal
(ahead or reversal)
is quite universal –
it needs no rehearsal.

© copyright 2013, Marie Elena Good

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WILLIAM’S EXAMPLE

THE GOOD, HARD STUFF

When my Pop would drink pop in his shop,
I would notice a head on the top.
Was it soda, I asked?
He then took me to task:
“Ain’t about to drink soft-drinkin’ slop.”

© copyright 2013, William Preston

WALT’S WORDS

NEW WORLD RECORDS

All my life I’ve listened
to music in all forms.
Records came in flat black discs
that held the music’s grooves,
spinning ’round at any speed
to recreate the sound. Real-
to-reel gave the feel of the
music’s magnetism, a medium
recorded to capture realism.
8-track tapes and compact cassettes
became the latest phase,
reducing still but not the thrill
of the latest listening craze.
Came the disc around again,
but this one was compacter,
from LP to this CD all music
had detractors. And we talk in mp3
and on iPods we play them. A thousand
songs held in your palm, a nice way
to display them. But we have listened
through the years no matter how they
came. Either way it was OK,the music’s still the same!

© copyright 2013, Walter J Wojtanik