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The monkey called fame

I never used to think much about famous people and how we perceive them, even though like you and me they have to go through all the everyday particulars of life. Those kinds of things are never really talked about, although there may be the occasional photo at the grocery store, or a “beautiful” person that is caught jogging in sweats, no make up and a headband holding back unruly hair. But once I quit watching television, I started to realize how fame is an attribute we bestow upon those we deem worthy. This first came to light when I stood in line at the grocery store, staring at the row of magazines by the check out, and realized I didn’t recognize so many of the faces on the covers. These are obviously people who are well known by most of the population, but if I were to encounter them I wouldn’t give them a second glance. Perhaps that is why so many celebrities move to far off places to live, to get away from the constant recognition and ensuing fan ardor that seems to interrupt their lives during what should be private times. For some of those “blessed” with fame and fortune, I do believe they may feel like they have a monkey on their back.

The Odd Monkey

 

Fame!

Fortune!

Oh! the notoriety

What an odd little monkey it is

That clings to those

Who make the climb

Up the pedestal

That we construct for them

But, alas

The pedestal crumbles

Under the weight of this person

Who we thought

Was as light as the gods

Oh! our illusion shatters

 

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Comments on: "The monkey called fame" (3)

  1. I love this and so truly written! My curiosity about celebrities has diminished. Maybe it’s because I’m so busy with my own life and family, but they are only people like you and me, not gods. Their pedestal is only as high as we perceive it. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thank you for your comments, glad you liked it! Although I don’t begrudge anyone their fame, the hero worship becomes a bit too much at times – you’re right, they are people just like you and me –

    • I agree with your comment about hero worship; the fame is fine…:)
      Thanks for following and I am doing the same! I’m looking forward to reading more of your writing! 🙂

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