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Poetry’s Microscope: PAD Challenge 21

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Participants were handed an interesting writing challenge this morning. We were asked to write an “under the microscope” poem; either literal or metaphorical.

I doubt many of us can leap into our labs, scan a few slides and take up the scientific poetic slant, but you never know. I may try one later today; I do have a couple of ideas that travel that path.

My first attempt to satisfy this challenge is below. I’m not sure why Muse took me on this tangent, but it was the first thought to jump up and demand my attention.

I hope you enjoy the resulting fare.

What Price Celebrity


What price paid for fame

That we seek this scrutiny?

What price extracted in a game

Of hide and seek and infamy?

What price do innocents pay

For camera shots at school,

Where others are brought to bay

And thrill-makers stand to drool?

What price for bodies abused

For weight, highs, lows, or sleep?

What price to be so pursued,

In the name of love, admiration deep?

What price paid for a moment’s peace

Within the fish bowl of personal making?

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  1. Poetic Bloomings
    April 21, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Clauds, I tried over and over and over and over and over and over and oh you get my drift to comment at PA, with no success. Just trying to say that your expression is spot on, and exactly how I feel. FABULOUS poem.

    Marie Elena

    • claudsy
      April 21, 2012 at 7:08 pm

      I’m glad you could try. Did your microscope get stuck in OVERdrive? Thanks, Marie Elena. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  2. April 22, 2012 at 12:05 am

    Claudsy: right on! it was my original thought for the prompt kind off.. more like “celeb role model” but I settled for internal scrutiny.

    • claudsy
      April 22, 2012 at 9:38 am

      Meena, we seem to perceive things similarly, often.

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