TV Reality

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Contributor: John Grey

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So here we are again,
surrounded by technology,
ecstasy at the push of a button,
the turn of a dial.

We've dammed up the classics,
no Beethoven can run away
from these ears
and to a distant shore.

And even Eisenstein,
that red Ruskie showboat
is trapped inside the television set
along with Bergman, Kurosawa,
Billy Wilder,
and they can't spin a reel
without our say-so.

We even have a video
of the kids,
corralled at seven,
can never escape.

He who holds the remote
controls the world these days.
And my favorite,
the 'repeat' button.
Can Mozart repeat?
No, but I can.

Not just miracles,
we even cage the drab.
Look, reality TV,
and our TV,
therefore our reality.

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John Grey is an Australian born poet, works as financial systems analyst. Recently published in International Poetry Review, Chrysalis and the science fiction anthology, “Futuredaze”with work upcoming in Potomac Review, Sanskrit and Osiris.


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