Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Today at Dverse Poets, Grace challenges us to:
 be inspired by the creative work of Nick Gentry. You can also play with the idea of “creating art from obsolete media” or share your thoughts about consumerism, technology, identity and cyberculture in society, with a distinctive focus on obsolete media, or concept of time. 




Droid by Nick Gentry (NickGentry.com)




THE APPETITE OF IGNORANCE


You are what you eat?
This can't be true.
Yesterday I ate pizza
but I'm not a pizza.
Though I am a bit round, very cheesy,
with different aspects of myself mixed up
like a salad atop my head.

I eat so many things.
I don't know exactly what or who I am, 
much less what I'm becoming.

Besides, I don't merely ingest food.
I eat with my eyes too. I see 
what goes on in the world.  My devices
keep me informed of sales for my advantage,
the stuff that keeps me insane-
ly aware of what society mandates.
My ears drink like sponges.
They soak up trends that make me cool.
My coolness is constantly changing,
an on-going replacement
by an even more modern cool. 


I don't simply eat,
I devour the world.
Don't particularly care who I am,
what I'm becoming.












24 comments:

  1. I enjoyed your poem, Myrna, the way you tackled the prompt and the humorous tone. The title of the poem is perfect and evoked a very current attitude, later reflected in your words. 'My coolness is constantly changing, / an on-going replacement / by an even more modern cool.' - sad but so true!

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  2. There's a catch to being trendy and being modern cool isn't it ~ Perhaps being ignorant of what or who we are is a blissful thing ~ Like your sarcastic take Myrna ~

    Wishing you a joyful New Year ~

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  3. what goes in will def come out....and def not just the food, but what we take inwithour eyes...and all our senses....gotta be careful what we allow in...

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  4. what we think is fueled by what we feed our minds.

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  5. I love this, Myrna. I like the idea of not simply eating but devouring the world. I think it is good to approach life this way.....to savor it with gusto, to devour each day. And as for pizza, ha, round and cheesy sounds good. Smiles.

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  6. Admitting our changing, unstable nature is valuable -- especially when we are then able to embrace it with freedom rather than run in fear. The clamoring for stable identity is a horrible curse.

    You captured this well. It seems your natural devouring self! Nicely done

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  7. Beautiful.
    And your open eyes, mind and heart will ensure that whatever you become - it will be gorgeous.

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  8. Never was a cool kid; wrote protest angry poetry about them; later in the 60's, my Zen muscular poetics became hip, cool, the grooviest; then came BS Disco, then came Rap with its pants down around its knees; being trendy is so tomorrow, so silly, & for some, so needy & needful; just saying.

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  9. Devouring the world could be costly and it's sad that the world has become so materialistic.

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  10. I enjoyed this, Myrna, and especially smiled through the first stanza.

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  11. eating with the eyes and drinking with the ears... what's going on around us certainly influences us more than what we physically eat...

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  12. Oh what a mouth humans have developed to consume of all culture that is.. and it continues to get stuffed.. with nary room...

    IN put in put input.. can make a headache the size of MAKING OUTPUT FOR SURE..:)

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  13. Maybe that's what we all are becoming - sponges the just eat every thing.. There is agreat satire embedded in your words..

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  14. ignorance really is bliss.... to be aware of the current state of the world, is to be in a constant state of anger. And sometimes, it's tiring; I don't wanna watch the news, I don't wanna know what's going on... and it is okay to take time to be ignorant; have your cake, eat it and be it... smiles

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  15. A caustic take on (at least) American culture. Nice job.

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  16. that last stanza is awesome...it's as if you have decided that it is YOU who will control what you become...not media stories or persuasions or statistics. this poem gives me a feeling of power, as if i can and will own my own experience.

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  17. Reminds me of Ecclesiastes' theme that "everything is meaningless"...hmmm, we should be more thoughtful of what we devour!

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  18. Don't particularly care who I am,
    what I'm becoming.

    This echoes many individuals. One is not really pushed into the world. One need not feel helpless. One may not want to care. Things will fall into place in the end! Great write Myrna!

    Hank

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  19. " My ears drink like sponges.
    They soak up trends that make me cool."
    Love these lines!

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  20. "My ears drink like sponges.
    They soak up trends that make me cool."
    Love these lines.

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  21. Devouring the world is a good thing yet these days so much sorrow. I love the line about eating pizza and not being pizza.

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  22. Good point--we eat in many ways.

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  23. "I don't simply eat, I devour the world" Wow--the words sound so gentle but have such a big bite!

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