Careful

IMG_20161009_232607.jpg

In response to the daily prompt: Careful

Careful,
think twice before you push that button.
It might suck you in,
the screen
with its rambling,
yelling,
screeching,
ranting,
demanding,
voices shrieking,
the tenor rising,
shouts silencing,
never stopping,
never yielding,
never retreating.

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.
Someday,
those voices might just merge
with the one in your head,
some day
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.

At first,
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,
congratulations!
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,
stand up,
blow a kiss to the television
and on bended knees,
sing paeans to it.
After all,
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?

Advertisements

11 comments on “Careful

  1. 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/

  2. thatmishmash says:

    First stanza …conjured up images ( visual and auditory ) of The NEWSHOUR !

  3. 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 🙂

  4. Audrey says:

    Wow! This is so good. Thank you for posting this!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s