With Fame being as easy
As it is to obtain today –
By the end of this century –
The world will be parting ways
With at least one celebrity –
Every passing day
Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion
and published in Perspectives, ISBN 0-9686250-0-2.
Notes to this poem…
Time has given the benefit of hindsight in this poem of foresight about our media culture getting out of control where more people are publicized all the time as we each get more access to more media and want to consume more of celebrities. The foresight was just a probabilistic inevitability. There are only 365 days a year, and far more celebrities in various fields over spans of decades than that, including ones who have faded from the spotlight but who would be back in it for one last time upon dying. As well, “celebrity” no longer means what it used to mean and so even more people qualify to make this poem truer today than ever. The odds simply say it won’t be long before someone well-known passes away each, and that just can’t be avoided.
It’s a depressing thought, never mind all the dying done these days from murders, tragedies, accidents and casualties of war that seem to keep flags at half mast more than half the year.
The O-series of poems are one stanza poems composed before I got onto writing haiku and tanka, and short poetry while in action or traveling by select means like plane or ferry. These poems are 3-9 lines long with at least one rhyming couplet, and not of the short forms just mentioned. For the sake of elegance, I just called the collection One.