death of a celebrity’s mother

My mother told me  
how some footy star’s mother died
and they had a minutes silence on the field
my response was ,“So?”
I’m not really sure why I'm meant to care  
death happens, why should the death  
of a celebrity's mother make any difference to me?  
Her response was to give me  
a look of disgust
never mind that I shed tears over the death  
of Steve Irwin, or that those World Vision ads
have me flicking the channel to something less
soul-nourishing than people asking me for money  
I don’t have, to feed children in far-off Africa
And I truly believe our western culture is insane  
that the death of a celebrity or their mother can mean more to us  
than the neighbour being wheeled out of a house
in a body bag, at the ripe old age of whatever  
both of whom we never knew  
What is it about television and gossip mags that makes us think
we know anything about the people we’re confronted with daily  
on whatever program or latest literary trash  
we happen to give our momentary attention to?
I can’t believe any of it is actually true  
So pop open that paparazzi laden magazine  
turn on the box reserved now for the lazy and naïve of mind
and drown your soul in meaningless bullshit  
don’t you know “someone’s” mother died today?  
Yeah… I’m still not caring
© Indie Adams 2012
Written by Indie (Miss Indie)
Published | Edited 19th Jun 2012
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