Mainstream Mediocrity

This is a poem (rant) I wrote back in November. The headlines are a little outdated, but the message still remains the same. 

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I used to be an aspiring journalist
until they taught me at the university that "if it bleeds, it leads."
Negativity above all else, are you kiddin' me?
I remember walking home from class after that & thinking to myself,
This isn't how I want to make my mark. 
I don't want to be a part of this.
So I jumped ship, changed my major,
& I'm sure glad I did.
I turn on the news these days & all I see is drama, trauma...
Obama this... Obama that...
The latest on the most recent ISIS attack ("better watch your back").
Ebola is an epidemic,
but there isn't an outbreak here in the United States.
Stop purposely spreading fear, CNN.
You're revealing your agenda again.
Let's be real, FOX News,
yours was never concealed.
NBC's lead story the other night was a teen's tweet,
you know, the kid who survived the school shooting last week.
Where's the privacy?
At least have the decency to let the victims grieve.
The more I see the more I believe 
that maybe there wouldn't be so many school shootings
if the media didn't make the shooters household names.
But then again, we are a society obsessed with celebrity.
You know how I know the media has lost its class?
The ESA successfully landed on the surface of the comet, 67P,
but that lost air time & took a back seat 
to Kim Kardashian's ass.
Freedom of the press? 
Please, more like power of the paparazzi. 
We all might as well watch TMZ.


Yard Work

I often get reflective when thinking about perspective... 

They say the grass is always greener on the other side.
What the clich├ęs don't say, though,
is that the grass on your side wouldn't be so damn brown
if you just took the time to water it.
The best way to get what you want 
is to put in the effort
& to care about what you already have.

I often get reflective when thinking about perspective...
Reminiscing over resurfacing memories,
feelings or emotions I neglected 
& pushed aside at the time when they occurred...
I've learned that materialistic tendencies 
& extreme objectivity,
can skew our view of reality, 
can blind us to what really matters.

Yes, I often get too reflective when I overthink perspective...
Like an over corrective detective,
desperately searching for the most effective,
least subjective method.
But who am I kidding?
It's not complicated.
It isn't a mystery.
Sometimes it's easiest
to just love,
to just live.

Simplicity really is the key
when putting it all into perspective.