Attention (#poem)

The world demands attention

Attention-craving kitties howling in the night
Politicians tweeting, people protesting from left to right
Society, media, and churches massing us together
Like numbers and sameness are all what really matter

Give me back the days when individuals were respected
Of solitude and attitude and being loosely connected
No need to prove your usefulness and drive
Your worthiness is measured by just being alive

The world loves attention

Insisting that reality is more real than poetry
Books, music, and praying the Rosary
If you call what’s on the news or sold on television
A more worthwhile contribution

She said it about her pretty sister
About her many kids and misters
She said it with derision
You never wanted to hear her say, “She did it for attention.”

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