by Ken Harnisch

Every day we find out something new
Like Tim McGraw drank more than we ever thought
And Jodie Sweetin (who?)
Never stopped doing the lines
But toured anyway extolling the virtues of the drug-free life.

Having been there, I remember how
Kennedy’s three day funeral shocked the world
But Anna Nicole Smith’s five day extravaganza
Had children weeping on the internet
And anchors reporting breathlessly on CNN

The Mayans believe the world will
End in cataclysm in 2012.
I would argue that cataclysm
Is not such a bad thing
If it wipes from the earth
So much triviality
And the people who worship at the altar
Of fluff and superficiality.

Yes, let’s rip it up and start all over
With people who know how to cry and how to laugh
And when to do both
People who sing with their voices
And write with their pens
And think tweet is something
A bird does when it is hungry
Because, honestly, the more
We try to immortalize ourselves
In minutiae, the more hopelessly expendable
God must believe we are.

Ready to use the Benjamin Moore
Stone Cold White
To re-paint the canvass again


Author's Note: One of the things I've sworn I'll never do is twick, tweet, or twit. As for the rest, you've got to wonder...

Posted on 10/31/2009
Copyright © 2024 Ken Harnisch

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by George Hoerner on 11/01/09 at 12:54 AM

Great write Ken and I've said it for a long time. We have too many people looking for their 15 minutes of fame. Some how we need to start over whether it a pandmeic, plague or what ever. Again I say great write!

Posted by Laurie Blum on 11/01/09 at 03:03 AM

I liked this alot... you've really hit upon something here and presented so well. I am all for a white canvas.

Posted by Joe Cramer on 11/01/09 at 03:52 AM

... I loved the word choice, useage and the thought provoking commentary.... well done.....

Posted by Kristi Paik on 01/12/10 at 09:04 AM

my sentiments exactly. thanks ken :)

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 06/28/11 at 03:09 PM

Here Here...I second the (e)motion. And here's to all of us who don't twick, tweet, or twit, or fall for the superficiality of our National Enquirer world.

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 01/10/12 at 09:30 PM

The scariest part is finding out what goes on in everyone else's minds minute by minute. Yes!Where is the purge button??!! Good one, Ken.

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