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Originally published: 26th September 2019

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This poem was placed 1st = in Silent One's "YOUR FIRST POEM ON POETRY SOUP" Poetry Contest and

1st = in Brian Strand's "STRAND CHOICE 6" Poetry Contest.


 

Where people in need Are labelled 'Hoarders' Vicars and priests Find time to solve murders. And builders spend pennies Flipping profits on houses And lifestyle gurus Show us how to fold trousers. And bookies fix odds For the afternoon races And judges cast judgements On bizarre family cases. And contestants press buzzers To win mystery prizes And traffic cops chase Young suicide drivers. And retirees escape To a life on the Costas And law firms inform us It’s our right to sue doctors. And families prepare Three television courses And super-vets cure Lame dogs and sick horses. And dealers earn livings From ducking and diving And medics with agents Get judged 'Strictly' jiving. And loan sharks hide small print That explain all the charges And celebs. enjoy cruising On canals in large barges. And food critics dine On masterful dinners And. There. Are. Several. Long. Seconds Before we find out the winners. But when MPs dodge questions On the numerous news’ panels It’s proof that what bites Really sucks on the channels.

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Date: 9/11/2020 6:27:00 AM
All I can say is wow, what a superb first piece. A belated welcome but glad to make your acquaintance.
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Gary Radice
Date: 9/11/2020 9:34:00 AM
Thanks for the welcome Richard and for stopping by to read. Cheers - Gary
Date: 9/6/2020 4:12:00 AM
The truth laid out on the line. BRAVO!
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Gary Radice
Date: 9/6/2020 5:07:00 AM
Thank you Elaine. The more time goes on, the more I think daytime TV and politics are blurring together. A crazy and scary thought. Cheers - Gary
Date: 8/24/2020 4:37:00 PM
You really made me smile with this one, Gary! For me most all of tv sinks to the LCD - lowest common denominator - of life with little depth, no imagination and absent of any creativity - not that I'm a paragon in any of those categories! Most tv feeds the world pablum - easy to digest and swallow. Great wisdom in your witty lines and rhymes. Kudos!
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Gary Radice
Date: 8/25/2020 2:07:00 AM
Thanks Sam! I often wonder whose reality the TV programmes refer to! :) I often think that the "less is more" ethos that we had in the 60s / 70s here in the UK when it came to TV shows was so much better. Less choice = More concentration etc etc. ..and no daytime TV = more time for creative play / family etc Cheers - Gary
Date: 8/24/2020 4:09:00 AM
- Congratulations on your win, Gary ... I remember how exciting it was to post my first poem :) - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Gary Radice
Date: 8/24/2020 4:26:00 AM
Thank you Sunshine Smile. I'll sit down and have a read of all the poems entered a little later. It was good to revisit this poem. I like it more now than when I first posted it almost a year ago! :)
Date: 8/24/2020 3:03:00 AM
A brilliant first post, I always feel formatting helps how a poem is read.. You are right about MP's, politics is the same everywhere, sadly.. This was not really a contest, it was an opportunity to showcase your first poem and I am glad you entered. Thank you.
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Gary Radice
Date: 8/24/2020 4:32:00 AM
Thanks Silent One for your comments AND thinking up the great opportunity for all of us to reflect in this way. I took time writing this poem and maybe that's the key for me as I've not been bowled over by all of my recent work which I feel I have rushed a little. Your 'contest' has helped me rethink things for which I'm very grateful. Cheers - Gary
Date: 7/8/2020 4:30:00 PM
These are some of my favorite things on PMQ Time repeated on Dave by H.I.G.N.F.Y. Satirical humour at its very best
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Christopher Flaherty
Date: 7/9/2020 7:06:00 PM
Likewise Pal I detest most t.v And as for Reality t.v They should explain or tell them to look up the definition in an actual Dictionary
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Gary Radice
Date: 7/9/2020 3:27:00 AM
Hi Christopher. Thanks for your comments. To be mentioned in any way shape or form in the same sentence as H.I.G.N.F.Y. is a win for me. The poem in the main is about how unreal Reality TV actually is..TBH I detest most afternoon TV full stop. Cheers :) Gary
Date: 4/19/2020 9:37:00 PM
Love the humor in this poem, Gary ~ especially obvious in this line "And. There. Are. Several. Long. Seconds"
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Gary Radice
Date: 5/11/2020 9:09:00 AM
Thanks Line :)
Date: 2/22/2020 6:49:00 PM
Congrats on a well deserved top win with your first posted poem. Welcome to PoetrySoup, Gary. You know how to make a grand entrance. Bravo.
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Gary Radice
Date: 2/23/2020 4:51:00 AM
It was fun to write Line - I just wish daytime Reality TV was as fun to watch. :) Cheers Gary
Date: 1/26/2020 5:53:00 PM
Gary co grata on your top win!;)
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Gary Radice
Date: 1/27/2020 12:48:00 PM
Brenda, thank you. :)
Date: 11/25/2019 12:19:00 PM
Really good example of his type of poetry. You kept the reader focused, you added a drop of humour, gave something for wide audience to chew on, you also made it real but did not promote hopelessness. Lastly and probably most important you, I am sure, will have started a few discussions that are hopefully positive. So hope that you feel chuffed about the way it all came together. Best regards David in NZ
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Gary Radice
Date: 11/25/2019 1:48:00 PM
Thank you for your comments and compliments David. Yes, I was very happy how it all came together although I wont lie and say it just wrote itself in a day or so (which I find with most of my poetry). I struggled with the last verse for a week or so and it was then that the "Reality Bites" theme came into its own. I'm glad you pointed out that there is stuff to chew on as well as humour. Thanks again, Gary