Mary Nagy

Rookie (11-08-1970)

For Your Viewing Pleasure - Poem by Mary Nagy

For your viewing pleasure I'd like to bare my soul.
I feel compelled to tell you all just why I don't feel whole.

Life's like a twisted game where nobody can win.
The rules are all forgotten and nothing is a sin.

For your viewing pleasure I'd like to sit and cry.
You'll see the pain I'm feeling but you'll never ask me why.

You're watching my destruction from your comfy front row seat.
You'll never have to help me... because we'll never meet.

For your viewing pleasure I must expose my fears.
I'll tell you what still torments me even after all the years.

I hope it entertains you while I trudge through all my sorrow.
Stay tuned......there's bound to be more pain lined up for me tomorrow.

Comments about For Your Viewing Pleasure by Mary Nagy

  • (1/20/2008 7:31:00 AM)

    Voyeurism vividly voiced. It made me feel uncomfortable as I read it. (Report)Reply

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  • Brian Dorn (8/15/2006 4:42:00 PM)

    Mary, great opening line and a compelling write for sure! !

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  • (9/24/2005 10:29:00 PM)

    i love the picture you've painted here. the metaphor of it is genius. people really enjoy watching other people suffer. you've proven this beautifully here. who's up for some desperate housewives? ! <3 Miranda (Report)Reply

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  • (9/11/2005 1:31:00 PM)

    Actually this was about any poet....myself included. I don't watch the soaps although I'm sure it could apply to many things as Alice has said. I meant this to represent how our suffering is shown through our poetry here and many times the more 'troubling' the poems are and the more 'hurting' the poet is, the more the poem is 'enjoyed'. Many people are 'tuning in' to this website to see what's going on with the poets they read on a regular basis instead of watching television. It's interesting to me because I think we all do it. We can almost gauge the poet's daily mood by their posts. Thanks for the comments. Sincerely, Mary (Report)Reply

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  • Alice Vedral Rivera (9/11/2005 11:01:00 AM)

    I really like this. It could apply to news, reality shows, etc. I think the media innundates us with human suffering, debauchery and violence as entertainment (especially television) . It makes some of us more sensitive but it desensitizes the majority, especially our children.


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  • (9/11/2005 10:29:00 AM)

    Interesting, Mary. Somehow to me it didn't seem to really be about you...instead it seemed to be about the 'soaps.' Am I right?


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  • (9/11/2005 6:14:00 AM)

    Yes, I am sure there is more, but it will be positive.
    Most of it.
    This is really good again, and don't you let anyone talk you out of rhyming.

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  • (9/11/2005 6:09:00 AM)

    Hi Mary,

    Marvellous and well constructed poem, Mary. Leaves one feeling there is still a whole more to come


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Poem Submitted: Sunday, September 11, 2005

Poem Edited: Friday, May 21, 2010

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