It all started with the

postage stamps. They sold for

a penny or two. Maybe

three and celebrated, no

make that commemorated

people and events.

Make that real people

and events.


Two things happened

at the same time.

The price of the stamps

went up and the cost

of the stamps went down.


No, make that the cost

of what it took

to be commemorated

on a stamp went down.


Once it took a penny and


Once it took two cents

and sacrifice.

Three cents

and honor.


Now it takes over

half a dollar

and entertainers, toys,

cartoons and slogans.


God forbid

you put your tongue

on these.

They’re self adhesive.

We’re already licked.