In response to the daily prompt: Careful
think twice before you push that button.
It might suck you in,
with its rambling,
the tenor rising,
Even if you ignore
its incessant chatter
and build a wall
around your ears,
or learn to silence
the voices blaring from the tube,
someday it might be too much of an effort.
those voices might just merge
with the one in your head,
you might end up
with your bottom glued
to the couch for hours,
and your eyes magnetized
by the hypnotic screen.
Melodrama masquerading as entertainment,
Screaming anchors moderating a political debate,
(mis)shaping the voice of the nation,
Fists rattling desks,
Words just stopping short of abuse,
because hey, its television,
We’ve gotta be civil.
How will the kids learn right from wrong?
We’ve gotta teach them.
How will the nation know how to be nationalist?
We’ve gotta teach it.
it might feel awkward.
Relax, TV virgins feel that way.
It’s an acquired taste,
so sit back,
push up the volume on your remote,
soak in the spirit,
feel the adrenaline rise.
And when you feel the rush
so strong you can pound your desks and tables too,
The transformation is complete,
welcome to the brotherhood
of chest thumpers,
of angry righteous men,
of TV vigilantes.
Relax and enjoy the show,
You’ll be sedated real slow.
When you feel like this, my brother,
blow a kiss to the television
and on bended knees,
sing paeans to it.
the moment must be celebrated,
the moment when
the idiot box finds another human counterpart.
So your choice then.
Given the reward at the end of this trip,
Would you want to be careful at all?
11 thoughts on “Careful”
Wow this is pretty good! I like how you used the term “idiot box” to reference the TV screen. I look forward to reading more of your poetry. Followed! Please check out my take on the prompt and subscribe to my YouTube channel. https://onemoreshotplease.com/2016/10/09/my-morning-routine/
Thanks for dropping by, Rafa. I hope you like the other poems on the blog as well.
Read a few poems on your blog. Nice work. Will come back for more. 🙂
I really appreciate it! I look forward to reading your work as well 🙂
First stanza …conjured up images ( visual and auditory ) of The NEWSHOUR !
That’s what I was going for. 🙂
Bang on !
That’s fucking brilliant :D. And maybe that’s praise too too high, but none the less, Pink Floyd (Animals) would be the place for this, if they sung it and played the music 🙂
Wow, thanks. I’m humbled to have been mentioned in same line as Pink Floyd.
Will send Roger / Gilmour a copy someday maybe. 😉
Back to earth. Slowwwllyyy ;). Read it again though, it is very Pink Floyd’esque. Maybe a little long for a song, but it fits into Animals like a glove.
Wow! This is so good. Thank you for posting this!
Thank you 🙂