Wednesday, April 30, 2008


I lament the machines aren't rising
And mourn that the skies don't fall
And tear my sack cloth analyzing
The magnification of the small.
For, though the streets don't run with blood,
And our capitol doesn't burn
And our people don't perish (mostly) in flood
Nor linger in Babylon awaiting return;
When one city pastor can sway ev'ry tree
With a gale of warm testimony
Then the land where we dwell, our gossipocracy,
Is in thrall to the small and the phony.

TRIVIAL, adj.  Newsworthy.


TLP said...

Amen brother!

TLP said...

'Course, you're actually my blogson, not brother. And I was FIRST darnitall!

You really are spot on with this poem/observation.

Ariel the Thief said...

As smart as pretty!

tsduff said...

Gossipocracy - this word is unnervingly accurate.

Trivia - minutia of which every life is made.

Anonymous said...

Gossipocracy(just delight in this word)--so how about that paris ,guess that montana kid is focusing on the paris nicky road to dollars,,BUT Really lets talk trash,(just for a moment,as it is not polite to speak ill of others) will it be war,poverty,clean water,education,roads,,,oh heck,how about that paris...............

Doug The Una said...

Thanks, TLP. I just had a chinatown moment.

Ariel, I fear the same could be said of me.

Terry, the whole is less than the sum of its parts.

Brer Bear, exactly right.

Jim said...

Gossipocracy: a word often used and never defined. Look it up.
You won't find it, not in Merriam-Webster or even in the Urban Dictionary!

Oh well, I guess that is a trivial matter, at least in some circles.

Doug The Una said...

GOSSIPOCRACY, n. A mass monarchy governed by suggestion rather than fiat.

Feel better?

Jim said...

I named one of my blogs after Willie Nelson but it is inactive until I gain some momentum (not a trivial matter).
And Walela is named after Wayland Jennings?

Tom & Icy said...

Rev. Wright had his fifteen.

Doug The Una said...

Ha, Jim. You can't tell from the sepia tone photo, but Willie has a reddish-brown beagle head on a black and white blue heeler body. He was a stray at the Georgia Children's Home and when animal control came for him, I adopted him preemptively. Who else would you name a red-headed stranger after?

Walela's name is another story but I'm a lifelong fan of Hoss', too.

Jamie Dawn said...

Trivia = Trumpery

Jeremiah of the Old Testament seemed to always be depressed. He'd probably be depressed with the goings on of this presidential election.
Rev. Jeremiah Wright of Chicago and Senator Obama seem to have thrown each other to the lions.
Jeremiah would have much to lament over.

Good poem, Douglas.

Doug The Una said...

Icy, I've had fifteen minute dental appointments shorter than that.

Doug The Una said...

JD, was it Meschach, Shadrach and Obamego?

Unknown said...

Trivial, adj. My faults; or your troubles.

Anonymous said...

a4g nailed it.

TRIVIAL adj. too titillating to check the veracity of the details

Hobbes said...

Jeremiad: A cry in the wilderness.

tsduff said...

Rabbit Rabbit and a happy May Day as well.

Doug The Una said...

Well done, a4g. Good to have you back.

Quilly, of or pertaining to grammar school?

Hobbes, different prophet, conventionally.

Rabbit rabbit, A-bell!

Rabbit rabbit and happy May Day, Commie Crow.

Anonymous said...

So much to borrow r steal my trivial blog

TLP: "Blogson" that is great I now have to find someone young enough to be mine.

gossipocracy - brilliant , and a non trivial truth.

One day we'll hear something which matters.

I wonder what the word will be that day?

Doug The Una said...

Cooper, it will probably be "celebrity."