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Salt of The Earth

Salt of The Earth

Ordinary people
That’s who we are
Our triumphs
Our sacrifices
And torments
Go unsung
For the most part 
Un-noticed by anyone

Ordinary people
Who’s lives may have suffered tradgedy
Quite sperate 
From the world of celebrity
Who’s weight loss and weight gain
Who’s lives are sucked up
So avidly

That’s what we are
Un-recognised heroines
And heroes
People that the world
Never knows

This celebrity culture
Demeans us
Turn our lives
To a paultry plethora
Of existence
Devoid of the glitter and pomp
Of celebrity red carpet
TV show sold money

Our faces un-immortalised
In the applause
Of the overpaid and wealthy
Of yet another publicity stunts
Our lives a mere daily
Rigmarol of mediocrity
As we dine on the scraps
Of news and gossip
Of the purile insignificance
Of celebrity

Ordinary people 
That’s who we are
The un-discovered heroes
And heroines
Who’s backs and sweat
Hold up the scaffolding
Of the bright shinning
Neon distraction
Media circus
World of celebrity

Football players
All raking the cream
Which belongs to
And Doctors
Road sweepers
Trash collectors
Making their lives ends meet
And staying afloat
Facing each day
Heroines and heroes
Of the common all
And for the common good

Though bemused and belittled
And lied to
Still we emerge
As the salt of the Earth
Just ordinary


This poem was prompted by the recent death of celebrity Jade Goody, a tragedy indeed. I am
sure she will be sorely missed by her family. As will all the other ordinary people who
passed on recently, be missed by their families.

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  1. Date: 4/6/2009 11:12:00 AM
    I'm a huge Lord of the Rings fan, and am reminded of the line, "It is no small thing to celebrate a simple life", this in celebration of a birthday. If you are not familiar with it, then I apologize. I take away much from your intelligent writing. It's great to be ordinary, don't you think? Love, Shar

  1. Date: 4/6/2009 8:14:00 AM
    Youre right salt is much more precious. Wonderful write Colin

  1. Date: 4/6/2009 7:59:00 AM
    You have such a gift :) Your heart and your soul shine always in your words and that is so rare. This is a wonderful tribute, Col. Those last lines really touched me. Brilliant! Love C

  1. Date: 4/6/2009 7:56:00 AM
    your poem just carried my along... and the message clear... we are but insignificant little specks in the universe... all of us... even the celebrities, and big shots... we all breath, the same air..well done... Constance

  1. Date: 4/6/2009 7:41:00 AM
    They are all raking the cream my soulful brother becasue this world has lost sight of its purpose..we constantly uplift the superficial while the real heroes die without coverage..buried under a cloud of darkness while the superficial reign love brother.

  1. Date: 4/6/2009 7:33:00 AM
    A wonderful write and a beautiful tribute. So much truth is found in your words, the "ordinary people" are not remembered by the world but by those that love them. Though they are not seen publicly they are every bit as important. Amazingly worded and very touching to the soul. You my friend are the "Salt of the earth" though you are no where near ordinary, especially in your writing. Thank you for sharing a piece of your soul with us here at Poetry Soup! Smiles from Lolita