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too busy to show human compassion

A poem I wrote from a combination of workshop prompts and too many YouTube videos.

By Chloe GilholyPublished 27 days ago β€’ 1 min read
Top Story - April 2024
too busy to show human compassion
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JL's music career on the six is her greatest

acting achievement snatching back her husband's tips

with nanny's working slave contracts

she's too busy to show human compassion


OW boasts about a special drug

and gets her followers addicted

now there's a shortage and outrage

the ones who need it can't get it


Don't get me wrong SS is a great guy

their music makes you feel something

but must we see their derriere wobbling

beneath fishnet tights under red lights


as for JK I don't always agree with

everything thing she has said and done

but we can't forget she's the reason

why so many hold a pen and a book


I don't know much about MM

but they blame her for the rain,

an old lady's death, and a man's fall

she wants privacy in the spotlight


Those childhood stars we related to

learning about the stuff they did to you

I'm not surprised that some of you "rebelled"

Profit over welfare - a real horror story


and as for those crooks to the left and the right

all dining with the elites as anti-Robin Hoods

if there's one thing I've learned it's that one

should never trust the words of a politician


These celebrities we should admire and politicians to trust

and the services we should depend on are used and abused

like puppets on a string spat out on the streets to rot

is it any wonder we have a crisis in every single sector?


The world's gone downhill since MJ died

Then shattered after the talented DB died.

it never matters how technology advances

as the birds fly by and fall to their death


They talk about making this planet cleaner

World leaders and activists need to stop

bombing the shit out of each other

but they ban plastic straws instead

Free VerseBallad

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Chloe Gilholy

Former healthcare worker and lab worker from Oxfordshire. Author of ten books including Drinking Poetry and Game of Mass Destruction. Travelled to over 20 countries.

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  • Anna 19 days ago

    Congrats on Top Story!

  • Gloria Penelope22 days ago

    Well written, congratulations on TS!

  • angela hepworth22 days ago

    Super meaningful piece here. Congrats on top story!

  • Congratulations on your top story

  • Ahsan Ahmad24 days ago


  • D. D. Lee24 days ago

    Congrats on Top Story.

  • Back to say congratulations on your Top Story! πŸŽ‰πŸ’–πŸŽŠπŸŽ‰πŸ’–πŸŽŠ

  • Brin J.24 days ago

    They're trying to ban TikTok too, like removing an app will improve all the problems we're having. Insane. Great poem. Thank you for using your platform to bring awareness to these issues.

  • Babs Iverson24 days ago

    Marvelous ballad!!! Loving the last stanza!!πŸ’•β€οΈβ€οΈ

  • Carol Townend24 days ago

    This is an outstanding poem, Chloe, and your words reflect the brutality of politics today. I loved it!

  • Idle Mod24 days ago


  • Judey Kalchik 24 days ago

    I'm with Paul: that last line is a drop the mic moment.

  • Dana Crandell24 days ago

    Lots of depth here. I didn't guess all of the names, but I'm pretty out of touch.🀣 Congratulations, Chloe!

  • Paul Stewart24 days ago

    Back to say congrats for Top Story - not surprised and I love the plastic straw line. It's stuck with me.

  • Caroline Jane24 days ago

    "But they ban plastic straws instead." Fantastic last line. There is such a lot of noise out there it can be hard to hear the big stuff.

  • Ameer Bibi26 days ago

    I appreciate how you discussed that celebrities and politicians often disappoint us by not using their power for good. It also reflects on the worsening state of the world despite technological progress.

  • Paul Stewart27 days ago

    A lot of food for thought and truth here. Further to Dharr's comments - just want to see if I've guessed who they all are correctly - Jennifer Lopez, Oprah Winfrey, Sam Smith, JK Rowling, Meghan Markle, MJ is obvious and David Bowie...?

  • The only one I know is MJ πŸ˜… I think I know who OW is but I may be wrong. I have no idea who are the others πŸ˜… Loved your poem!

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