David Wood

(07 April 1950 / London)


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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  • Veteran Poet - 3,093 Points 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... (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 2,865 Points 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. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 6,681 Points 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! ! (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 4,935 Points 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 (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,536 Points 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 (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 615 Points 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. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 615 Points 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 (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,115 Points 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. (Report) Reply

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