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Sunday, April 11, 2010

DAY 11 - NOT MY CHOICE

NaPoWriMo Day 11

For Read Write Poem

RWP member Angie Werren invites us to write about the choice we didn’t make:
Everyday we make choices. Some are small: English breakfast or Lipton? the highway or back roads? Some are more significant: convertible or mini-van? farmhouse or condo?
Some choices lead us straight into the life we’re living, but for this poem, think about one of the things in your life you didn’t choose.
Be concrete. Pick an object — something tangible* — and write your poem directly to it, as if you were writing it a personal letter. Explain why you didn’t choose it. What could things have been like if you had? Talk about what your life has become without it. See where the “confession” takes you.
*As an alternative, dig a little deeper and write your poem to a person you left behind.

LIFESTYLE – LIFE…? STYLE…?

Dear Lifestyle,

Suggest me a method
Easy to maintain
One with effortless access
Not found in books, or on TV
Extol virtues
Promote values
If left alone to decide
I'd screw up
Take others down with me
Bring shame on myself
Lose my one true friend
And inflict pain on loved ones

I’ve read the books
I’ve watched TV
And came to the conclusion:

Articles
Of human interest
Trivial pursuits
And fictional romance
That feature in magazines
Invade the space
Between my ears
Take residence in my head
Draw me in:
Imaginary worlds
Civilisations
Light years from this earth
Superior intellect…

Reminders that
The truth I seek
Will never be found in print

Game show hosts
Who smile from lurid suits
Interviews with stars
And all their back-slap crap
… Party poop politician’s
… Manifesto’s… !
Manifest this…
Parental Guidance advised!
Hollywood
Premier league soccer
Live by satellite
Reality programmes
Drama; documentaries

It’s not TV
Nor HBO
It’s just pixels; digital

All in all
Existence is a lie
… Distraction at best
Pages of printed words…
Television; DVD…
Play… Pause… Rewind…
Play… Pause… Rewind…
‘Hand me another disc, please’
Press Play… Pause…
Eject it and discard…
‘Another disc, please’
And here we go… again!
Just the same as yesterday…

The day before…
Day before that…
Play… Pause… Rewind… STOP! … Eject

My shame; this sham
‘Reality’
Is no longer virtual…


Acknowledgement: ‘It’s not TV, it’s HBO’ is the slogan of HBO (Home Box Office) movie channel.