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Shopping at Unhappiness Market---a Poem

Updated on April 24, 2017
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Val is a life-long student of the psycho-philosophy of living, and a devoted practitioner of many techniques enhancing personal evolution.

Thanks God for Those Happy Memories---Otherwise We Would Have to Make Fresh Ones.
Thanks God for Those Happy Memories---Otherwise We Would Have to Make Fresh Ones.

Hats off to every poet of a big name

for his poignant opus filled with tears and grieving,

but by a miracle befallen by a fame

with all that "suffering" somewhat deceiving.

And the more his heart is spilled out in despair,

the more bestselling it appears to be,

deserving reputation of a certain flair,

for art---or for business, not easy to see.

Once a reward for talent, now a juicy pay,

once a soul's confession, now a cashing theme.

Lineups for his autograph, and what more to say,

a suffering for sale, almost like a scheme.

For, who is buying tears if they have their own;

and then if happy, why pay to spoil the mood?

Does it take finesse to cry and moan

to fall for a merchandise of a calculative dude?

But then again, this farce is not at all so rare

in this culture that so prefers crying,

as everyone relates to a sad affair

to a love unanswered, or to a love dying.

Now, isn't that strange or no one cares,

about so much sadness in poems and songs?

Doesn't it make us a sort of funny "upstairs"

as we ignore rights, but thrive on wrongs?

Why does it take so much to be happy

while in an instant we get pissed-off and sad?

That's why it's easy selling anything crappy,

it's always on demand, always a fad.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      It's true, the sadder the tale, more tears to fall. I guess most all love misery poetry, and I do, but I also love happy endings..

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      jgshorebird 6 weeks ago from Southeastern U.S.

      VK:

      This was a good one.

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      Hari Prasad S 6 weeks ago from Bangalore

      A great thought and a guide to poets to ponder upon. I feel a writer must be true to himself or herself always. Rest is luck and fate.

      - hari

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      Paula 6 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      My brain tells me to get real.

      My heart tells me only to feel.

      Good thing the rest of me

      Can't speak & leaves me be!!

      Peace & Hugs, Val.....Paula

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      ThreeKeys 6 weeks ago from Australia

      I am all for poetry or the creative arts to move away from sadness and tears, as we are in a time of history that needs more fun, more joy to be noticed and expressed.

      I also believe in giving credit where credit is due because in my lifetime I have only seen people steal the honest credit another that should have gone to another. If someone is of their time and is valued by society, then they are acclaimed. Doesn't matter if it is the superficiality and waste of space, such as the Kardashians (IMO) or its someone serious research and findings, such as with Hawkings. Just depends on the times-fortunately or unfortunately.

      To me this poem is about letting of steam and a bit envious together with being condescending. And that? Is okay. Its art. And maybe you have had a bad day! You are not alone.

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      Vladimir Karas 6 weeks ago from Canada

      Three Keys---Actually I had a great day while I was writing the poem. And I am not "envious" to those successful poets, simply because I am not a poet. Not everybody writing poetry is a poet; it's my momentary "whim" to express my thoughts through poems, while the great majority of my writing are articles.

      Inspiration came as I thought about an interview with a famous song-writer who talked about his art as a "product", from business perspective. He mentioned how it was important to "hit the public where they are most sensitive".

      That reminded me of daily news, which also play on people's fears, and there came an inspiration to ask myself why people are falling for all that negative stuff. Writing that I was not "bitter" but feeling great and somewhat satirical.

      I hope this may explain to you the mood which generated this poem.

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      Vladimir Karas 6 weeks ago from Canada

      Ruby Jean---It all really boils down to people's taste, and it's O.K., whatever someone may like to read or listen. I was merely expressing my thoughts about popularity of "negative" art.

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      Vladimir Karas 6 weeks ago from Canada

      Paula---Hey, here is my friend going poetical! Why not? And I like it. Soon I will switch back to articles, but I felt like writing a few poems for a change of expression.---Be well. Hugs.-Val

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      Vladimir Karas 6 weeks ago from Canada

      jgshorebird---Thank you.

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      Vladimir Karas 6 weeks ago from Canada

      Hari---You are right. Thank you.

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      Larry Rankin 6 weeks ago from Oklahoma

      Interesting poem.

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      Dana Tate 5 weeks ago from LOS ANGELES

      At the end of the day how most people really feel is small compared to the almighty dollar. Everything is about profit, marketability, or should I say the new name "branding" There was a time when you actually had to sing well, to be a singer. Now, if you look good, can dance, and hold a tune, you're in. It must be hard for the singer with a voice to fall short from the better looking and more charismatic who can only hold a tune. Or the intellectual writer who can't make a living but the trashy romance novel's are selling in the Millions. There appears to be big profit in misery.

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      Vladimir Karas 5 weeks ago from Canada

      Dana---Bravo! You are talking my way. Just think of those soap operas in various forms cashing in on people's huge emotional appetite for garbage in relationships. And yes, just about every form of art has become an "item" on the market---oftentimes dictating people's tastes. That's how something becomes a "trend", by the powerful machinery of advertising, not as a reflection of public taste.

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      Vladimir Karas 5 weeks ago from Canada

      Ruby Jean---Yes, I'll go for a happy ending any time as well.

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      Vladimir Karas 5 weeks ago from Canada

      jgshorebird---I am glad you liked it.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 5 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      This is one of the topics for which I think this form of writing fits better than prose. Good job and much truth.

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      Vladimir Karas 12 days ago from Canada

      Dora---I am happy you liked it.

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