Some people say that a poem should be self- explanatory and there is no need for analysis. For those readers there is no obligation to participate in this section of the book. However, others may like to explore the thoughts and themes behind the work.

 

 

To the authoress Terry Lyle

For all her help.

March 2012

 

Fame

You brought this on yourself you know!

Thought you’d make more friends,

have more sex.

Unsatisfied with ‘well known’

you craved more attention.

 

Now look!

No more bad hair days

and lounging in your PJs.

The phone never shuts up.

 

Do you really think they care about you?

Groupies, stalkers.

They’ve got you on their hit list.

‘Let’s fuck someone famous!

Let’s Kill someone famous!

And while were thinking on it

let’s wolf this free champagne.

 

Used to be a nice pad you had here in the city,

now there’s a high wall,

barbed wire, security cameras.

Cover up going to the mall.

 

I think you had better start looking at anti- wrinkle creams,

nip, tuck here and there.

Man you could use a suntan!

And some highlights in your hair.

 

You brought this on yourself you know!

Didn’t think he was in love?

Cocaine shame and

one night stand with hookers.

Come on… they’re all the bloody same.

 

Has he written anything new lately?

‘Hello sir have you donated to the World Wildlife Fund ?…

be greatly

appreciated.’

Let me tell you about the endangered species.’

 

The captive audience is in,

the lights go dim

Quiet! Look!  That’s Him.

‘Ladies and gentleman

Let us begin.’

 

Some people say that a poem should be self- explanatory and there is no need for analysis. For those readers there is no obligation to participate in this section of the book. However, others may like to explore the thoughts and themes behind the work.

This poem was inspired by news stories surrounding celebrities. I think we were talking about Rowan Atkinson (Mr Bean) having a high wall around his property.

The narrator is talking to somebody who has become famous and now has to deal with all the negative aspects that fame entails. It is a monologue, could be a phone conversation and we are given the impression that the famous person was naïve, thinking that fame would lead only to good things. It is a poem about the dark side behind the bright lights. It is also about the consequences of attention seeking behaviour and megalomania. The second stanza is all about the things that a famous person can no longer do, and the irony that the craved attention has now become a nuisance.

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