This poem is partially inspired by that wonderful scene in Gladiator where Maximus wins against overwhelming odds in the arena and screams at the crowd ‘Are you not entertained?’
The cadence of this piece starts slowly and then builds in speed. It’s fun to perform but easy to trip over on.
I don’t like how easy it is to get distracted these days. Clarity and planning seem to disappear because there’s just too much white noise.
But we keep on listening.
Maybe we should seek to strip some away.
Are you not entertained?
Now, what passes for sanity amongst
Humanity would drive a wise man mad,
Technology’s dream was not what it seemed
Hardly progress but a mess, of constant
Distraction, non stop interaction that
Leaves the mind no room to think, so we sink
Into a mire of twenty four hour news,
View after view without substance, empty
Dialogue, A monologue of reality
TV shows, with no room for
Soul, whilst corporations whose sole goal is
To steal the sweat of your brow, no matter
When, no matter how, push products on folks
With no cash seeking a flash of comfort
In their lives, solace from husbands and wives
Who no longer understand but merely
Command the respect of habit, not love.
Whilst governments hide their iron gloves
Behind a web of propaganda and
Pander to the passing fads of the day,
Do anything they can to ignore what
People say, drop bombs from drones on villages
Far away and no one dares or cares
To stop this crazy merry go round we’re
On and before you know it, your life has
Been and gone and you realize you’ve spent
It staring at images, banal and
Obscene, whilst the devil looks out from the
Flickering screen at a world in pain and
He grins as he catches your eye and asks
‘Are you not entertained????’