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A Popular Culture

Updated on July 10, 2013

So many ways to keep us distracted,

leaving us dazed and deeply impacted.

I would like for a day, to be free of the circus

What did she say, that seemed to of irked us?

Whether shocked or calm, I don't need to be bothered,

with Octomom, who indeed is the father?

The Kardashians are out, what did they wear?

There is little doubt, that I may care.

I turn on the station while driving my car,

to learn of vacations, styles thriving with stars.

I couldn't care less, I don’t have the fever,

I would feel blessed, without Justin Bieber.

I may be old and set in my ways,

I don’t need to be told, as I get in my say.

There's plenty of questions, who wore it better?

The many suggestions, all for a sweater!

And when Lindsay Lohan is caught doping in cars,

we’re all hoping she’s coping with scars.

We rush to our phones and vote for our idols,

that seem like clones, and not very vital

The hair, the fashion, the popular trends,

we stare, we bash them, we gossip with friends.

The news cycle repeated, a downward spiral,

the same story completed, until it’s gone viral.

Pop culture is fun, not meant to be literal,

when that is done, it can be quite critical.

We've had stars in our eyes since the beginning of time,

it is far from a crime and it’s winning our mind.

As I rant and complain and post it online,

I vent and sound lame but hope it can find,

A few or two who agree with me,

we stew and sit through, but at least we see,

The empty reality has our minds on a swivel,

the tempting fallacies, the spineless drivel.

My complaining is waning as I come to a close,

the entertaining is gaining the ratings in droves.

I'll be uncool and set in my ways

become an old fool upset with today's

musicians and actors, rappers and girls,

positions and factors, what captures the world.

I wrote this in jest, not to provoke a wrath,

with no hopes to upset, but to invoke a laugh.

Copyright 2012 Pete Fanning


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    • JayeWisdom profile image

      Jaye Denman 

      4 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Terrific poem, Pete, and I totally agree with you. "Drivel" is absolutely the right word to describe most of what passes for celebrity "news."

      Voted Up++


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      Linda Bilyeu 

      4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Mission invoked a LOL from me. Very clever and true! :)

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      Pete Fanning 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks raciniwa!

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      6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      great work weestro...

    • weestro profile imageAUTHOR

      Pete Fanning 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks jenubouka, I think Dr Suess style is the only type of poetry I can write!

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      6 years ago

      What an awesome poem Weestro! It jived so well, and was ironically very true.

    • weestro profile imageAUTHOR

      Pete Fanning 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      I like it tillsontitan! Thanks for the votes!

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Seems you've found a few or two

      who agree with you

      and wish there was something

      more we could do,

      as we're set in our ways

      we count endless days

      when most of this folderol

      will get to us all!

      This was a great poem full of wit and humor. The best part is it's all true! Loved it. Voted up, interesting and funny.

    • weestro profile imageAUTHOR

      Pete Fanning 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks rahul, glad you enjoyed it, I can tolarate some of it too. As much as this poem makes me seem like a grump, it was fun to write!

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      Jessee R 

      6 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      I would feel blessed, without Justin Bieber. - totally agreed!

      I may be old and set in my ways,

      I don’t need to be told, as I get in my say.- Respect!

      Well Sir I am 22 and in complete agreement with you

      Pop rocks.... the hell out of me as it does out of you

      Some of it I even bear to listen

      The rest is noise, I have myself forbidden

      For me " Old is Gold" is a literal fact and your Rant outlines it very well

      Powerful Rant!! :)

    • weestro profile imageAUTHOR

      Pete Fanning 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks Stages!

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      The Stages Of ME 

      6 years ago

      Nice Poem and on target :)

    • weestro profile imageAUTHOR

      Pete Fanning 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks for reading Curiad! Glad you liked it.

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      Mark G Weller 

      6 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Awesome weestro, I am old fashioned too and agree with your words!

    • weestro profile imageAUTHOR

      Pete Fanning 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      I'll have to check it out WD, Thanks!

      Thanks spartucusjones, glad you enjoyed it.

      Thanks Susan, wouldn't that be funny, a hit song in spite of itself!

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      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is a great poem and I can almost see it as a rap or even a hit song!

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      CJ Baker 

      6 years ago from Parts Unknown

      The poem was funny and relevant. I got a kick out of it!

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      WD Curry 111 

      6 years ago from Space Coast

      Nothing new about this feeling. These guys felt the same way about the way things were going in 1968.


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