Idol Worship

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Idol worship is alive and well.

We worship at the alter of

stardom for any who are

brave enough to face the

bright lights and harsh

glare of our fandom and

ultimate judgement at

their utter failure to be

anything less than an

imperfect, fallible, 100%

human being attempting

to please our insatiable

greed for not only their

glory but our bloodlust

that would blanch a

Roman’s soul to dust

for their failure to be,

to do, to accomplish.

 

Our idols are carved from

flesh and blood. Living

large in make up and

‘unscripted’ scripted lives.

We know more about

their personal business

than we do our own

and seem to own

their success as we,

at the same time, decry

their failure to keep

us satisfied in our

constant unending

need for their blood,

sweat, tears, and lives.

 

We lose them too soon.

Our young people.

They seek to achieve

the lie that is key to

the worship of idols.

They fail, thinking that

they are the only, and

their failure should

somehow spell the

end for an entire world.

 

We dance on their graves.

Worshiping still their

unhallowed and common

ground that says, “I, too,

am human. But unlike you

I am not permitted to

be seen as i am but as

you wish me to be, which

is what you are unable or

unwilling to strive for.”

 

Success or failure we would

rather sit on the sidelines

of our lives, at the same

time we worship we also

get ready to cry for the

sweet sweat and blood

of their failure. And then

wounded we shoot them.

Or leave them to die.

No compassion here.

Old sins or new ones.

Neither are forgotten

nor forgiven easily.

 

It is hard to imagine

the worship of a statue

of king or calf in our

multi-media age of

living idols. Sadly they

are also a sacrifice that

would please the most

bloodthirsty pagan god.

“Throw me your best.

I will consume them.”

they cry, lusting for it.

 

Let them dance.

They are children still.

Let them play.

Their talent is not gold.

Let them laugh.

Their joy is their own.

 

So very tired of the commentary on Miley and the rest of our ‘celebs’.  Thanks for getting through this poetic rant.   I pray that people can, one day, stop making the talented and gifted and unusual into idols that so many build up to impossible heights only to rejoice in tearing them down when they are proven to be no more, or no less, than we. Humans, fallible and soiled, but with gifts that should belong to them without the heavy price of being a celebrity.  Playing in the pub with the great folks of dVerse!

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16 Comments

  1. hisfirefly said,

    August 27, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    I knew where you were going form the start
    and yes, before we point fingers of blame
    we must consider who builds the pedestals from which our idols always fall?

  2. Manicddaily said,

    August 27, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    Agh! It is so terrible how children are jerked around. On one level, they are exposed to so much random sex at a young age, on another they are very young (immature) seeming at an older age in terms of confidence and acceptance of responsibility. I mean there are so many wonderful kids! But there is so much goofiness going around. Anyway, I certainly understand your point of view – well -expressed.

    Other question–did you take that incredible photo? It is just beautiful. K.

  3. Mary said,

    August 27, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    So true that many young people worship various popular idols. It really would be nice if those with the cameras would put them away and yet the young celebs just live their lives. So difficult to watch what has become of Miley and Justin and the like.

  4. brian miller said,

    August 27, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    ha. there is so much truth in this shanyn…we def have our idols and it is so superficial, we are sold an image that in reality is so much different and messed up…it astounded me to see stats on how early kids are exposed to things and we wonder why we ar where we are…get it girl…smiles.

  5. Miss Hannah said,

    August 28, 2013 at 2:18 am

    This is true, like the “old sins are new.” I can’t wait for people start to realize their free will is really slaved to idols,

  6. Margaret said,

    August 28, 2013 at 3:00 am

    We know more about
    their personal business
    than we do our own

    I felt so sad when I googled the video and watched he performance – if one can call it that. She has talent, she is beautiful – yet something has gone very wrong. I hope she sees she is fallible before it is too late. Yes, we must stop idolizing.

  7. August 28, 2013 at 3:05 am

    So awful what we do and worship==this pulls at me in all the right ways I think!

  8. Gay Cannon said,

    August 28, 2013 at 3:28 am

    For me, it’s past time to turn off that tube and come up with my own enjoyments. Fame, these days is a terrible thing. I pity those folks and admire the ones who avoid the papparazi light,

  9. August 28, 2013 at 4:23 am

    Can I say ‘blame’ the young ones of today (not all of them of course) but those that seek to be looked at, no matter if it is viewed as derogatory. I only saw part of the clip – yes there are role models and they should be responsible to their fans, but then live and let live – or don’t watch. An epic Shanyn but well thought out and demonstrated what the lives are like of the rich and famous.

  10. Linda said,

    August 28, 2013 at 5:18 am

    And a very well-said rant it is. Thank you!

  11. MarinaSofia said,

    August 28, 2013 at 6:24 am

    I have been known to rant like this myself. I have this theory that celebrity gossip has replaced village gossip. We don’t all know the same people anymore, except the celebrities, whom we think we know, so that’s who we choose to gossip about. I’m not sure village gossip wasn’t equally destructive, but at least you had a chance there to escape and move to a different village.

  12. Poet Laundry said,

    August 28, 2013 at 7:10 am

    Yes…the situation just keeps getting worse. We get funny looks for not watching or doing or allowing what a lot of our peer group allows and allows their kids to see/do…but I don’t care. Kids need to be allowed to be kids and that means putting up some good boundaries against the current culture of ridiculousness. I feel you here.

  13. Pamela said,

    August 29, 2013 at 12:24 am

    I say, it is high time we as a collective should be worried about the poor starving, or women dying from breast cancer, and not about celebs and their lives. They do this sort of thing for ratings. To make more money. I felt your frustration on this.

    Pamela

  14. August 29, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    Oh, well played my friend. Indeed. So much sad truth here. I love your heart. I get your poetry. I have a hard time with some, but I am so grateful to be able to get it! I get you, girl. Thanks for that…just on with this one. And I am so bored with the going on and on and on from everyone about it all. Social media being used as a pukefest of everyone’s opinions…I am so done with it. I see your rant and raise you one…JK, lol. HUGS!

  15. whimsygizmo said,

    August 30, 2013 at 2:10 am

    This is so very true, Shan. Your words flow beautifully, and I could not agree more.

  16. kaykuala said,

    August 30, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    It’s being cruel and most unfair to build them up and later blatantly pull them down. It comes with the glamour of risks. Nicely Shanyn!

    Hank


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