Reality tv

RealityTV (2)


At times, I think

the world prefers

a constant distraction

the bright, flashing lights

of profitable pursuits

that promise




and beauty

or perhaps,

a grand distraction

to see not,

where we once thrived,

a snake-oil pursuit

of dreams.

Were the sign not flashing,

none would ever see,

for the blandness

of her soil

would not warrant


yet how much

is overlooked?

how much

is overlooked?

Just how much


is hidden

beneath the cracks?

and how much talent

curdles at the wayside

while people clip passages

(shoveling them through)

and the masses applaud?

Where are all

those unspoken dreams

those unfulfilled promises

and those downtrodden hopes?

While the creators create

the fruit

at their fingertips

sits among the cobwebs

waiting for someone to see.

The painters paint

in broader strokes

tearing at their chests

with worry

the writers write,

souls sent in whispers

across the pages

each sheet torn


and then repeat,

but the world

is busy

reaching for their popcorn

and consuming reality tv.


© Sumyanna 2017


Written for The Daily Post Prompt: prefer

Fabulous image courtesy of


6 Comments Add yours

  1. It’s a shame, really. We miss out on so much LIFE when there are sooooo many distractions. As a parent I am so tired of trying to limit everything all the time and being groaned or cried at!! This is a great reminder of something people need to put in perspective more! ~Anne


    1. Sumyanna says:

      Somehow many of my comments were never sent. I did not know they weren’t working, so I’m going through them and sending them again!

      When you go on vacation, you realize just how little you need. The tv no longer looks enticing, nor does the computer or the phone for that matter. Instead, you want to soak in the moments, enjoy each other’s company. It was such a nice reminder of where we should put our priorities.


  2. An excellent poem, Sumyanna. It reminds me of Roald Dahl’s famous poem about television in a way.


  3. Beautifully written….that is the actual reality…..of the reality shows….and the TV….the participants put their life on stake…to excel and get applause from audience….for whom….it is just a show….an entertainment….with popcorn….


  4. Jay Pines says:

    nice one…


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s