Saturday, September 10, 2011

The Baby

Real blood
deserves better
than to be spread across a lens
until it thins into
a tv movie event
or talk show fodder.

Real blood
should be buried.
Real grief
Should be private.

Real blood
spread like sweet jam across the pop landscape,
becomes changed
becomes cheapened
becomes rotten on the face
of an unnatural, festering monster.

_______

for dverse poetics

23 comments:

Brian Miller said...

true that shay....true that...

vivid in its hard truth...

Uneven Stephen said...

Wow, very succinct and powerful. Those opening lines are incredible, and each line furthers the point here. Incredible.

hedgewitch said...

The sad part is that the blood is all too real, and the jam is what's not, yet what do we see? Maybe we can't deal with that much reality--or maybe that much reality doesn't sell corn flakes as well. A stony eye that sees clearly in this one.

Beachanny said...

AMEN!

Arron Shilling said...

this is a pretty awesome poem
cuts to the quick - amen also

Mark Kerstetter said...

But we don't see the real blood. People became outraged over Vietnam because the news actually reported what was happening. We've got tens of thousands dead, maimed and screwed up. It's not reported. We don't see the blood.

ellen abbott said...

media as vampire.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Ellen nailed it - media as vampire. And so did you!

blueoran said...

Imagine if there had been a draft for the subsequent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Real blood on my block would have meant end of war in one year. I wrote about this yesterday the other way in "Usury."

ayala said...

true...true.

Claudia said...

yes.

Glynn said...

Real grief is private. We just don't know the difference any more. Good poem.

Patricia said...

incredible, truthful take on this prompt...

wolfsrosebud said...

Loved the tone of privacy in your grief piece.

eclipsingwinter said...

As is the nature of a technological world, everything becomes a media event, even the things that should be held private and personal. Well done.

Beth

Heaven said...

Love these lines:

Real blood
should be buried.
Real grief
Should be private.

True ~

Ann LeFlore said...

WOW this is so strong real blood spilled across the lands. This is what war and so much other sorrows leave behind. thank you for sharing
http://gatelesspassage.com/2011/09/11/the-sorrow-of-our-times/

libithina said...

spot on ~ or rather on the money with this one Shay ~ voyeuristic pourings sells ~ media ~ news ~ but 'grief should be private' and 'blood buried' ~ great write ~ Lib

Lolamouse said...

Yes.

Mama Zen said...

Amen, lady.

chromapoesy.com said...

Too true.

Lydia said...

Zing!


word veri: pidebrat

haikulovesongs said...

i couldn't respond to the dVerse prompt. it IS too private. thank you for expressing that, Shay.
♥ d