Canada, (fl. 1999)
- Verse 1:
- Early in the mornin’
- Once the factory’s awake
- The workers all suit up
- And the oven’s set to bake
- The conveyors all start movin’
- And the grinders start to grind
- And as the workers monitor
- The workers all soon find
- Joy to the man that grinds the pig!
- And joy to the one that cans it!
- Joy to the oven that cooks the beast!
- And sends us our little spamlets!
- Verse 2:
- All the guys at Hormel foods
- Grind gaily and with glee
- From dawn to dusk they never stop
- To find the time to pee.
- They pack and mash the chunky bits
- Through rain and sleet and snow
- For angry bosses and low wages but
- When they work they know
- Verse 3:
- The times may change
- And the tastes might too.
- The people don’t want
- No porky goo.
- But the Spamjacks can
- With one thing on the mind
- They hope and pray
- That people might find
- CHORUS (and repeat)
About the Poet:
Matt Ross (fl. 1999) Canadian poet and as of 1999 was a secondary school student at G. P. Vanier Secondary School in Courtenay, British Columbia. No information is available on Reg Franklin.
The Writers in Electronic Residence (WIER) was a project in which students submitted writing samples electronically for comment by Canadian authors. It focused on Canada’s literary culture through creative literary expression and critical discussion undertaken in a writing —and written— community as well as an arts initiative that created new forms of work for Canada’s writers, and audiences for their books. Funding cutbacks in the government sector in 2013 had the effect of dropping WiER below an operational level and WiER’s Trustees suspended operations, effective December 31, 2013. [DES-06/14]