The World in the Mirror

It spins and spins. Michael Jackson
died and the whole world cries. America pays
attention to a man they threw off
a pedestal years ago after allegations
never proven. After all he was different
with his oddities and his pearlescence.

Monkeys and dangling masked children
made him the public enemy. Countless facial
surgeries that made him more stealth like than human.
More vector than bitmap.
More math than flesh.

As the news cycle spins. Iran continues to burn.
Another country forcing upon its people a tragic tyranny.
A civil rights blight, that is smiting down all of those
who stand up for their rights. Gathering in mass puts you in a
different class. That can be stolen away at night with absolutely no rights.

70 professors stolen and imprisoned. But it’s out of our vision.
As the world mourns for a man that they distanced.
As we watched him morph and change before our eyes we cold not see
he was a reflection of our sickness. A culture gone mad
along with the man in the mirror. And no message could be any clearer.

We now dance and sing in clubs and pubs to the memory of MJ.
What can we do for the people of Iran anyway?

As another 24 hour news cycle begins.
I’m starting with the world in the mirror.
I’m asking us to change our ways.
Take a good look at ourselves.
Change the channel and make that change.


  • this is awesome Globatron, i cannot say much more than that, a truly powerful work.


  • Logocentric


    i saw a commentary on sunday (the day after you posted this, but i was offline at the time) by a prominent newsman (Bob Schieffer on CBS) who made a similar point, and i thought it was dead-on, just as i think your post is dead-on. essentially, he made the point that it is a mistake to conflate “pop icon” with “hero.” that the attention we give to certain people is unwarranted, given the political crises we face in the wider world outside of hollywood; it is little more than a distraction. who knows, maybe Bob Schieffer reads globatron. in any case, well-said. both of you.

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