So many theories
About the name
Retailers accounting ledgers
Finally in the “black”
19th Century name for the day
The U.S. Gold market crashed
Philadelphia (yay! my home town)
Coined the word from the chaos
Caused by shopping the day before
The traditional Army-Navy game
Held on Saturday
My favorite was also Philly-based
It was a day the nuns were given
To shop for their Christmas gifts
And dressed in their medieval black gowns
White whimples framing their excited faces
They descended upon Center City
Buying, dining out
Clogging the trolleys, els, subways and buses
I always held it in disdain
Who wanted to stand in line for a few dollars?
Who wanted to regress to reptilian habits?
Fighting with others for the one toy left
And I have seen people punch each other
Over something so sickening
Anyway, Black Friday starts a week in advance
At my favorite shopping venues
The internet!
(Yay! I can buy night and day!)
Most importantly
I’m feeling a bit blue
So the choice is
Eat chocolate
Or pay, pay, pay
For fun stuff
Just a few clicks away
To get happy on
Black Friday…

(c) 2017 Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja)





Early morning flea market trip

No second hand art, poetry or

Musical instruments

No nothing

Except an AK-47 for sale

And T-shirts stating

“Deplorable And Proud Of It”

(Spelled correctly, at least)



Scented candles

Outdoor “café” serving

Strong coffee and fried eggs

Important for me, the breakfast person

At the dollar store bought another

Stone mortar and pestle

And scissors shaped like a Crane

Love katja (scissors) and churi (knives)

Not because books and movies

Stereotypically insist that the Romani (Gypsies)

Indulge in knife fights

They are weapons but also used peacefully:

Cutting herbs and weeds for medicines

Cutting fabric for clothes

Paper dolls for toys

What peace-related function has an AK-47?

Did I mention the AK-47 for sale on a table?


Yeah, sure, if I was in Tampa or Miami

Would probably find stuff related to

Music, art, literature

But once upon a time

When I wandered into the rural fleas

There was the “good” side of red-neck shopping:

Bought many a cast iron kettle and pot

Books on dehydrating and edible flowers

Farming implements, non-poisonous planting seeds

And homemade honey from local bees


I guess we all have a different opinion about

How to make America great “again”


© 2016 Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja)

IMAGE: The spoils of peace