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Quarter of An Hour
by Kewal Paigankar
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  The peacock only appears
Shortly after a torrential downpour
It dances on the wet earth
Strutting, pouting, posing
Unfurling its majestic fan behind it.
It loves attention
Its quarter hour of fame
Followed by mass adulation;
But interest will soon wane
For there is no substance
Behind its flamboyance.

There is no escape
From the flashy dilettantes
Or the preening prima donnas.
Society is awash with them
As they crawl all over us
Their evident narcissism invading
Every inch of our lives.

Their fifteen minutes will soon be up
As the next batch of hopefuls
Waits in the wings.
They will soon make headlines
Staring at us, faces smirking
Only to become tomorrow's food wrapper.

The Amazon Forest weeps
As another tree is razed
Newspaper pages have to be filled
With bores, wasters and no-hopers.
Non-entities are in the news
Wallowing in their false luster
They will soon be forgotten
Along with others of their ilk
As they become another item
In the domestic re-cycle bin.

What people will do
For those 900 seconds of fame!
Nothing is sacred or immoral
No secret is safe.
They will steal your soul
In order to make an appearance
On that lurid front page.
A telling metaphor for our times.

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April 19, 2009
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