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The Condescending Music Star

Updated on October 14, 2011

Background to the poem

The background to this poem about pride is a series of rehearsals for a high profile program featuring a number of international ‘stars’. One of the lead singers flew in from wherever to rehearse with a local choir...


She looked at us as if we were the gutter caste

Her tolerating, condescending air

Framed by those haughty eyes, that flawless skin, her lovely hair

We scraped our bellies on the floor,

Apologetically did our best to learn, to actually perform her score

It sounded great to us

Our effort was accepted

But only just tolerated

The day before and hours closer to the time

She drilled us to secure harmonies, sequence and time

On the day-how could someone so beautiful look even better?

She sparkled for the cameras and the crowds

She was READY

To the letter

So how did that crazy slip-up happen?

The conductor ending the rendition

Soon after she began!

Her pent-up expectation was doused

She was dazed

The program marched relentlessly on.

The next performance

Mounted the arena’s podium

The haughty luminary did not get to shine!

Her highness suffered

An utter drop in prestige

I wondered what lessons could be learned from this

And trembled

He gives grace to the humble

While others He resists.

Refutation and photo credits

This is a work of poetry and not a biographical piece of writing

Thanks to jared for photo - stars, its working


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    • akune profile image

      akune 6 years ago from Surrey, England, United Kingdom

      Thanks Audrey! Excited to discover your writing on HubPages. I have been 'away' and missed the community.

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      Audrey Howitt 6 years ago from California

      I guess I agree with the Epiman--great sense of a cerebral context doused in plenty of heart--

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      akune 6 years ago from Surrey, England, United Kingdom

      O my, epigramman, if you like my work then I can put my hands on my hips and tell the world-'Don't care what you say, it's appreciated by someone who KNOWS.'

      Seriously, I appreciate your response. I am full with stuff to write and I can't thank the Hub Pages hosts enough for giving us the platform, space and community. I have been so privileged to meet people I would otherwise not have met.

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      epigramman 6 years ago

      ...well I confuse and mystify many of my readers with my writing in first person pronoun and I have to reassure them it's not about me - lol - because all but 1 poetry hub is non-fiction or just story telling it was probably a good idea to clarify your intentions behind this piece of writing considering your bio and your involvement with music ......but an exceptional piece of writing just the same - you always approach your writing with a cerebral context but allow room for emotion - which is one of my recipes for great writing in which you have followed so splendidly - always write from the heart and the mind will follow.

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      diogenes 6 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Read with interest and enjoyed...Bob