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  Celebrity Napalm
by Odin Roark
Monday, April 23, 2012
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As an election year heats up and the role of leadership falls prey to the most money and egregious persuasions the country has ever experienced, even as science struggles with the task of care-taking the planet amidst the controversy of distrust, even as the idolatry of Hollywood prepares for another summer of blockbuster mediocrity, and yes, just as you and I sit before our monitors aspiring to write something worth reading, there is the threat of…)

Celebrity Napalm


Is the future...


Where once resided only the out-of-control flames of mediocrity

bedecked in sequin and silk

the new champions of elitist minds now scampering to upstage a colleague

be it science, literature, medicine, or, and yes, politics


Can we afford to forget...


Celebrity napalm whose history celebrates the scathing sear

of contempt

with wink and  smile

playing to the cacophony of camera shutters


Should we pity...


Those who fear a forgetful audience malaise

as they strut their iconic core of misanthropy

blinded by narcissism

embracing solipsistic intoxication

and ignoring their responsibility


Or should we make ourselves known, for...


To disregard the seeding and growth of a constituency

is to ignore the Natural Law mandating respect and good will

is to blindside the ignorant and gullible

is to fan the egoist flames at any cost


Are we not, after all, intrinsic components of the One...


Remembering that just as amid the smoke and stench of stygian incendiary

the napalm scorched vegetation struggle to reach nutrition and rebirth

we too find ourselves, these components of the All

the readers, listeners and viewers of masquerading pilots of persuasion

gasping for purity of air

clarity of reason

and the ability to once again trust

the comfort of innocence


Is it too late...


To defend what ought to be

to re-direct this designed weapon for begetting attention and forced submission

into a vector for aborting the mission

to return to the base

to realign

to sit quietly in the iconic reality of Celebrity

and ask


Are they really the Them...


Or am I too becoming but a drone in waiting

another love/hate dichotomy of self-realization

going gradually astray

as I load up my pay load of delivery

as I vie for my share of contentment, happiness


And Celebrity?

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Reviewed by Jerry Bolton 4/23/2012
Celebrity napalm is the scorched earth of arrogance and disrespect and being as phoney as a three dollar bill. We cheer and worship these cretins, but spit on the ones who don the colors of America's armies, navies, air force and marines as being criminals. Some may be, but the ones pointing fingers, i.e., politicians and Folloywood do-gooders are by far worse than those they want to, and DO crucify.

I, for one, refuse to be caught up in the "Idol," and the rest of those staged and rigged (I believe, but it makes no difference) end result.Reality shows.Hah! Gimme a break. Ah, in the middle of my rant I ran out of rant, blame it on cheap California burgundy.

I liked your poem, Odin . . .
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