Sunday, September 6, 2015

Encounter With Fans

The Jello-brained former football star
forgets which wife to hit,
and wonders why
grown men cry
at sight of him.

"You were my hero!" they say
as he goggles at them
before losing control of his bladder

A perfect physical specimen, 
he was bought at auction by an owner
whispering, "Smile!"

he does.

for flash 55


hedgewitch said...

A lot of this going around, as I'm sure you intended us to see--and I really hope it isn't happening inside my own head, which seems to be very good at hiding reality from me, and choosing which memories to activate in its Pavlovian manner. A knife-blade of a 55, Shay.

Sanaa Rizvi said...

Agreed with hedgewitch.. quite a sharp 55.
Well penned.

Lots of love,

Sioux said...

Fifty-five (words) and fabulous.

Kerry O'Connor said...

You encapsulate the world of money, exploitation and broken dreams (i.e. of sport) all too well in this cutting 55.

Magaly Guerrero said...

Money, fame and status seems to create amnesia in too many people... deftness and blindness, too.

brudberg said...

i would say there's a reason I have difficulties appreciating the world of sports.

Shadow said...

The perfectly programmed robot....

Anonymous said...

I can't help thinking of Ali and wonder how much the sport contributed to his Parkinson's.

Of sport's figures it is true "he was bought at auction by an owner" but he also placed himself on the block. Money and fame are merciless.

Outlawyer said...

Pretty awful. In answer to Debi, I feel like boxing probably was a major contributor to Ali's parkinson's--but I guess that is hard to say. Very good to fit it all into 55. k.

Cloudia said...

SO direct and factual that the rubes will blink and wonder what yer talkin about.....but we carry on


Marion Lawless said...

I don't get seems to be referring to slavery...selling a human being. Two wrongs don't make a right...Guess I'm a rube...more name-calling. Just SAD!!! :-(

Mama Zen said...

Damn, girl! That's brutal.

Lolamouse said...

A pointed look at a sad reality. People use other people's bodies to make money in more ways than one.

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Oh, that's so sad, and too true.

Other Mary said...

Very sharp. You show us how poorly we choose our heroes and how cruel we are in creating them. Like Larry, Daryl and Daryl said, "Anything for a buck." Or a couple billion of 'em.

Yvonne Osborne said...

With the start of the football season, this really strikes a chord. Love, "he forgets which wife to hit". Some of these guys are jello-brained even before they get hit on the field.