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Viral Phenomena
Ivan Jenson

I want you all
to get up and out of
your seats and 
put your hands together
for the latest sensation
on social media
so that you can 
worship their wardrobe
and envy their lifestyle
then watch as they
make a wrong move
or release an inferior 
product which crashes 
and burns their
career and personal life
then I want you 
to celebrate their 
inevitable comeback
and accept their 
new fuller figure
and entitled offspring
now watch as they
suffer personal tragedy
substance abuse
and see them
burst into 
the flames of
now witness 
their televised
and puffy-eyed 
in the court 
of public 
then watch 
them become
truly immortal
by having 
the gall to die
now watch 
and listen
to their eulogy 
on your TVs, phones
and devices 
then click on
the next 
hot new thing 
and don't forget 
to share

© by Ivan Jenson.
Used with the author’s permission.


 Ivan Jenson is an artist and writer who lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His poems have appeared in numerous publications and his artwork has appeared in national magazines and ad campaigns. Ivan enjoys reading, running, walking his dogs, music videos, and strong coffee.  Learn more about him at



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Sondy Squirrelly:
Posted 07/05/2015 09:45 AM
Perfect and on-the-money true. If I never hear another word about the 'Kards' I will be extremely Grateful. Thanks, Ivan.
Posted 07/03/2015 12:18 PM
Posted 07/03/2015 10:19 AM
Wish I'd written that.
Posted 07/03/2015 09:42 AM
Great!!!This one hits the nail on the head of waste-of-time knowledge. Trash in...trash out!!!
Posted 07/03/2015 09:36 AM
Wilda Morris:
The poet certainly nails much of our culture.
Posted 07/03/2015 07:48 AM
Jenson's poem leaves one tempted to say Amen!
Posted 07/03/2015 06:07 AM
Posted 07/03/2015 12:28 AM

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