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Poem: The Voyeurs

Updated on September 14, 2012

They lay in wait, observe and contemplate. Troll for their victim, their mark in which to take.

Derived joy from harm and pain is how they spend their days, a protracted endeavor, ever here to stay.

People gladly come aboard to act in concert , carrying out this fraud with insidious nonsense. How do they reconcile such heinous activity? Acting upon another without the thought of negativity.

Depravity comes in many forms, with humans easily adopting this norm. Enjoyment and pleasure fed off of conspicuous undertakings, salacious drippings that shed from their very beings.

Destruction is the desired goal, accomplishing it through total control. Eventually the target will have to succumb, to a life that is empty and forever numb.

Robin Grosswirth


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    Robin Grosswirth 5 years ago from New York

    Deborah Thank you for your accolades. You are a true artist and I appreciate the fact that you weigh and consider my work.

    Poetic Fool Thank you for your deep consideration and commentaries. I am glad it resonated with you.

    CrisSp Not familiar with the show, no. However, I am glad this piece generated so much banter. Thank you for taking the time to read my work.

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    CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

    Simply say, they are sick Robin and that is sad. Your hub reminds me of the TV show 1000 Ways to Die. I'm pretty sure you're familiar with that show.

    Interestingly, there's one clip in which the guy died by accident because of his intense voyeurism sickness. He extremely went to the extent of drilling a peeping hole from his apartment through the bathroom of the girl and connected something that would enable him to see the girl naked whenever she's in the bath/shower and the sick guy would take pleasure in watching her. He repeatedly did it until the ceiling of his apartment collapsed (due to the drilling he made) and the whole bathtub fell on his head and he died - true story.

    Excellent piece Robin, one that is exquisitely written convening a powerful message.

    Up and sharing.

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    Poetic Fool 5 years ago

    Excellent piece, Robin. Voyeurism can take so many forms beyond the usual connotation. Still, they're all an invasion of privacy and harmful in the end. It's scary how easy technology today makes this behavior and how mainstream media endorses it with reality shows using cameras in literally every room. So many are addicted to living their lives vicariously through others. It's sick, if you ask me.

    I enjoyed you "no punches pulled" approach in this piece. You called it as it is using words like insidious, heinous and salacious with great skill. Very well done!

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    Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

    Robin my dear. I am missing your lovely poems.. I am so glad I found this one. with is wonderful as all your poems are.

    blessings to you and I pray you are well



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    Robin Grosswirth 5 years ago from New York

    Vincent Moore It is sick to prey on others and to do so with surveillance equipment and cameras, well, there are no words. Privacy is a legal right. Thanks for the read and for the accolades.

    Sweethearts2 Thank you for the read, the compliments, and for the selection of a quote from the piece.

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    sweethearts2 5 years ago from Northwest Indiana

    Strong and powerful message. "Derived joy from harm and pain is how they spend their days, a protracted endeavor, ever here to stay." , empowered by ever expanding and exploding technology.

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    Vincent Moore 5 years ago

    An interesting subject you deal with here on many levels. Some see it as a sickness, bone chilling, disgusting and horrific. Voyeurism for many is another art form. The media treat it as an opportunity to expose? Not considering the feelings and reactions of the person they prey upon with their lens.

    Porno kings/queens see it as a form of art by exposing the sexual activity of singles and couples not to speak of the disgusting and sick preying upon the under aged. The lens is a money maker for millions and it creates $billions of $ annually for those who try to express their creativity in the skin industry, how sad indeed.

    We live in a very money seeking greedy world and it won't change. The trick is to keep balanced in our thinking. I agree with different art forms, however how we partake in the use of them is critical. Our thinking can mostly definitely be led astray to easily. Expression is important but must be treated very delicately.

    I enjoyed how you expressed your art with your words. Bravo, well done.

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    Robin Grosswirth 5 years ago from New York

    epigramman Thank you for taking the time to read this work, cogitate on the topic and communicate it to me and anyone else who reads it.

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    epigramman 5 years ago

    Brave write indeed but one in which needs to be addressed in our society today - love how you don't blink your eyes when you write these words -No BS here just the clear thinking truth - not pretty perhaps to some but it shows that you have integrity as a writer and the consummate skill and courage to pull it off and communicate your thoughts - sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time ontario canada 1:19pm

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    Robin Grosswirth 5 years ago from New York

    rcrumple: There are all kinds of people in this world and this is one of them. Anyone who undertakes to compromise another person's sanctity of privacy should be put away. Thanks for the read.

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    Rich 5 years ago from Kentucky

    Interesting, but sad that one has a subject to write about. One wonders if it a sickness or excitement, but then, it really is a mental condition in either case. Strong presentation!

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    Robin Grosswirth 5 years ago from New York

    CloudExplorer Thank you!

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    Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

    Cool way to express a difficult reality to face for some people today. Thumbs up and getting shared for sure Robin, and I'm glad I found you here on hubpages, cant wait to read more.

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    Robin Grosswirth 5 years ago from New York

    jhamann Thank you for reading it.

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    Jamie Lee Hamann 5 years ago from Reno NV

    What a powerful poem thank you for sharing. Jamie

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    Robin Grosswirth 5 years ago from New York

    teaches12345 and Gypsy Rose Lee thank you so much for reading my work and for partaking in insightful commentaries.

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    Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

    Great and powerful. Actually reminds me of everything I've hear about the upcoming presidential election and it's candidates.

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    Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

    Your poem does portray the deep illness of voyeurism. We see a lot more of this in our news headlines than ever, but I imagine it has been around for centuries. I do know that their sins will eventually encase them in dark despair, if not forsaken. Voted up.

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    Robin Grosswirth 5 years ago from New York

    AmyBecherer: There should be an expectation of privacy, but there are people who lack integrity and do not live that way.

    Yes, the headlines alone this week speak to this piece, horrifying. It is disconcerting that lenses and other devices are used to ruin a person's life or in Diana's case, end up taking her life. Living in a fishbowl is sick. Amy, thanks for the read and kind words.

    Mhatter99: Thanks for the read, and I do know that stalking takes place online as well. I get that reaming can be done in every avenue of a person's life.

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    Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

    Thank you for this. You definitely don't want to know about the "flame" malware.

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    Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    I have a difficult time even watching some documentaries, Robin. Although I want to know about things like the heinous slaughter of the rhinos, I am unable to sleep at night when I see the graphics. My BFF in N. Carolina was crying so hard when she tried to tell me that she saw a media video of the dead body of the diplomat killed in Libya this past week being dragged through the streets. She said she hopes his family doesn't see it. Today I saw news of the beautiful, angelic Princess Kate and her husband, Prince William having been violated by being spied upon as they vacationed on a private estate. The photos of a topless Kate surfaced in a French publication. It was especially heartbreaking for the two as Prince William still harbors grief and the belief that the media was responsible for his mother, Princess Di's death. I have to remind myself that God is watching.

    I love the passion of your words in this piece, Robin. Thank you

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    Robin Grosswirth 5 years ago from New York

    Anything I can help you with, just let me know. I am a newbie here, but If I am able to help, please let me know.

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    Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

    Thank you for letting me know--

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    Robin Grosswirth 5 years ago from New York

    This sickness does exist, unfortunately. Weak and ill people engage in that sickness.

    As for the pictures, simply a Google search in the image category. I should open a Getty acct. but haven't. For another site, I use Microsoft Images.

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    Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

    Interesting piece--scary actually--on a separate subject, where do you get your artwork for your pieces--I like it all and would like to know--if you are willing to share that piece of information--Thank you!

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    Robin Grosswirth 5 years ago from New York

    whonunuwho I guess this took you on a tangent and far be it from me as a writer to question this. When we each read something, the reading might trigger a memory and then we run with it. Glad it stimulated a reaction.

    billybuc People who take pleasure in watching others are sick on many levels and are the lowest form of life.

    SommerDalton Thank you for the vote, for the read and the commentary.

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    Sommer Dalton 5 years ago

    Deep and Beautiful! Voted up!

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    Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

    A powerful and necessary message, Robin! I do not understand the world I live in now, although voyeurism has been going on for decades and decades. Sickness like this I will never be able to comprehend.

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    whonunuwho 5 years ago from United States

    Thank you for sharing this and a reminder of what our society has helped to create in its negligence in the home by a so-called "parent". The filth on T.V. and movies that play evil in its worst senses as the way to be, drinking vile drinks and smoking poisons and consuming drugs by the boat load, as the way in dealing with life, so rampant. Politicians turn their heads while taking bribes from drug companies, cartels, and other politicians in passing insidious laws that are not deserving of the common people , and perpetuating the purely evilness that destroys all of society despite of the actions of the minority, who so desperately strive in making changes to it all? What have we become and is there no end to it all? Only God knows the answer to that question!!