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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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I can’t believe I’m here!

Phew!! I have successfully created a blog, just another something to add to the list of things I never thought I would do. And just wait until my kids get wind of this – they are usually my IT help in all things computer related but look at me, I did it all by myself! So enough back patting, and onto what this lovely little site is all about. I have rediscovered the joy of writing and in the past couple of years all that I kept inside for what seems like a millennium has been pouring out of me, in poems and short stories and essays. I found a wonderful support for my adventure in writing through workshops at the Franciscan Spirituality Center in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. It was Theresa, the facilitator there, who encouraged me to submit my work even when I had no intention of ever trying to be published. But I followed her advice, and lo and behold, I found a poem of mine in being published in Edge Magazine, with other poems and essays published here and there in other publications. What a kick to see my words in print!  And I love sharing my words with others, just as I enjoy reading the words of others – so much inspiration and joy to be shared! I also love music, I mean really love music, so much that I haven’t had a television for the past two years. My favorite artist is Elliott Smith, and one day I realized how poetic his lyrics are. This inspired me to write a short essay about his songs and how the words touched so many, and I gathered song lyrics along with photographs to put together as a book. But between the pick and choose world of publishing, and the legalities of publishing song lyrics, I had to table that idea. So enter now a way to at least get my words, poems and stories out there for others to read, not just letting them sit on paper, turning to dust eventually. I admit my first thought of a blog was no, not me. But I can see now how it is a modern tool for sharing and keeping our dreams alive, fostering the creativity we all have. And besides, I love writing!! So to all who happen upon this site, lovers of the moon or not, welcome….

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