The Throne

Note: Sahm at Because We’re Poets gave us Poetry Prompt #11:Metasimilac!: “I would like you to pick an object – any object – and describe it. But don’t just describe as you would to, let us say, a forensic sketch artist. Describe as you would to a child with a penchant for fantasy. What I mean is, describe it in metaphors and similes. Transform its characteristics and use “like” and “as” to compare it something else. Try to compare your chosen object to things it would be a stretch to compare it to in common conversations.

Coming of age like the newborn of the castle,
Subjects wanting glimpses, no matter the hassle.
A lineage as trusted as gold, oh sovereign queen,
Our anguish diluted by your fifty-inch screen.
Once chunky, small, now a monolithic monarch
Casting broad adventures we couldn’t embark.
We hailed with weak eyes wide open, backs turned
As you pillage our precious hours, unlearned,
We oft return. Alas, you’ve evolved to reality,
A mutation placing injunctions on phantasy.
On the blink like a neon sign, to be overthrown,
A kingdom flattened to ventures we did postpone.
Like you, knowledge marches on, breaking locks,
Stumbling over, yet unmoved, by the idiot box.

Copyright © 2013 Shainbird. All rights reserved.

This is a statement about the general direction of television today. That doesn’t mean smart programming is extinct – just endangered. I leave you with the words of the 1960s show The Outer Limits: “There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission…We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical…”

Please also read other takers of this prompt: A Girl Is Like a Female by The Running Son, Making Popcorn…for my grandson by Bastet, Hummingbird by Rob T. and Sister Moon at Creative Metaphor.


About Shainbird

"A lonely craftsman putting one word after another."
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13 Responses to The Throne

  1. Anonymous says:

    Loved your poem, I read it after 2 hours on my idiot box.

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  3. Nice sb! My tv has been off since the NBA playoffs ended. I like this reality show I’m living (;

  4. Great poem.

    I’ve heard and had experience myself, that when kids/teens who watch TV come out to the real world, they find it quite boring and not as fast-paced and “easy-oriented” as portrayed 24/7 in their fifty-inch “phantasy” world.

    • And that’s what makes them lose their motivation in life because they become disappointed at the reality.

    • Shainbird says:

      True, the lessons found in taking young ones out into nature to explore simple flowers and wildlife is so much more profound and deeply rooted. They make their own experiences, also in reading books, and just going to the grocery store, because they are writing their own scripts, not being told by some program or station that this is what should be. Television just dulls all the senses. Thanks for reading Muhammad.

  5. Loved the poem. I applaud you for successfully describing something as prosaic as the TV in such lurid “phantasy” terms.

    • Shainbird says:

      Thanks Elliot, I keep it around for news and such. In fact, we made a sign that reads, T.V.: Time Vacuum, although, I must confess, once in a long while, I will get sucked in.

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