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(07 April 1950 / London)

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Celebrity

He stood all of 5 feet 5 inches,
A legend in his own underpants
Vainly displaying his credentials
Of a rolling pin and soup spoon.

He was a television phenomenon
A big TV star, a celebrity chef.
The world was at his size 8 feet:
A chef’s hat hid his partially bald head.

He was a name on a thousand households
Lips. His cupcakes a true legend:
He was a boon to all marketers
And starred in many TV commercials.

Heads would turn in the street when
He walked past and people wanted
His autograph, he always carried a pen.
He was so proud of himself.

But what did he do for society?
What did he do for the world’s poor?
Did he ever win a Nobel Prize for medicine?
No, just another of life’s parasites.

Submitted: Sunday, June 30, 2013
Edited: Thursday, July 25, 2013


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We live in the world of celebrity. Puffed up people full of self pride and vanity. Who really needs them?

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  • Geetha Jayakumar (8/31/2013 10:16:00 AM)

    Wow Wonderful poem like always.....People give publicity and make him a celebrity, all are carried away by his charms but nothing he does to society......
    Great meaning in it..Loved reading it...

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  • Khairul Ahsan (7/6/2013 5:12:00 AM)

    Heads would turn in the street when
    He walked past and people wanted
    His autograph, he always carried a pen.
    He was so proud of himself.
    Good observation. You've made your point.

  • Valsa George (7/2/2013 4:52:00 AM)

    People who do not have much worth are suddenly raised to celebrity status and they soon are puffed up with self conceit and contempt for others! It is not their fault, it is the fault of the foolish who heap on them undue greatness! That tendency is increasingly manifest these days! ... A very correct observation... David! !

  • Heather Wilkins (7/1/2013 5:09:00 PM)

    There are many types of people in this life, sometimes the celebrity id really not the celebrity sat all. excellent

  • Tirupathi Chandrupatla (7/1/2013 5:42:00 AM)

    There are many precisely like you described but people are carried away by them. Beautiful poem. Thank you.

  • Lyn Paul (7/1/2013 1:29:00 AM)

    Great words to describe puffed up people Yes what about the REAL people? Love the page you are on. Thankyou

  • Dave Walker (6/30/2013 2:32:00 PM)

    A great poem and so true. A lot of people who do real good in the world
    tend to stay out of the lime light.

  • Paul Brookes (6/30/2013 10:31:00 AM)

    Amusing and serious poem, a difficult combination to pull of but you did it with ease. A funny poem with a serious message Well done 10/10 bb =: OD

  • Anamika Jalan (6/30/2013 9:14:00 AM)

    wow
    what a great poem
    a nice explanation too

  • Valerie Dohren (6/30/2013 7:12:00 AM)

    Quite agree David - far too much media attention is paid to the rich and beautiful, and not enough to those who really deserve recognition for their service to humanity. Well said.

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