Poem: Impressions

 It has been said that first impressions are always the truest and that you should always go by your first impression when you meet someone for the first time.  For most people, the only way they have of ‘meeting’ a celebrity will be through the media and the only clues we have on this (real) person is what what has been written about them –  what we read. 

We are able to pass judgement on these people  when we see them being interviewed, but sometimes our opinion will be clouded by what we already know (or think we know) about them from the newspapers.  The media can make or break a celebrity.  It can place you high on a pinnacle – only to knock you down when it suits.  It can make ordinary people Gods  – and then be so disappointed when they don’t live up to their hype – mete out punishment….


First impressions

are just that –


Fossil fuel


Bygone fools



Rusty tools

Which open nothing


Misty rules


Which end up as  chip paper

seemed a good idea at the time

No crime

In making a living out of lies?

Who heeds these cries?

Moving on ahead

to our latest news…..


Lynda M Roberts 2010


Fossil image from here

8 Responses to “Poem: Impressions”

  1. Fossil fuels and bygone fools… how true about impressions. What we think we know about a person through other than actually knowing them is suspect at best. People are obsessed with celebrity in the United States. And the “latest news,” but for a minority of instances, seems to be about celebrity too. Thought provoking poem, Lynda. Was wondering when you were going to post another. Worth the wait 🙂

  2. We’re pretty celebrity hungry here too Adam. you don’t actually have to ‘do’ anything either – some are just famous for being famous 😀
    I’m going to post more on Bookstains, it will be the new home of the Poetry challenges. I’m going to put the Van Gogh one on here – its still open and I’ve loads of ideas for others too! Glad you liked the poem – appreciated!

  3. I enjoy your poetry, Lynda. Feel free to share with us over at One Shot Wednesday if you’d like. You’re always welcome 🙂 Your Van Gogh poetry challenge was fun. Looking forward to the next one.

  4. Thanks Adam! I’ve tried several times to comment at the One Shot Wednesday but I can’t seem to find how to. My comments always either disappear or won’t let me on. Tried different ID’s too.

  5. You got a great mixture of poems here.
    Nice going

  6. patrickseguin Says:

    Hi Lynda, I really enjoyed reading this, especially like the line Impressions / Rusty tools / Which open nothing – it really drives home the real emptiness of the concept of celebrity, and those who dedicate unhealthy quantities of time diving further into that emptiness. Nice work!

  7. Thanks Patrick! I don’t put half of much poetry on here as I should, ‘echostains’ always seems to take my time up BUT that’s all going to change soon! Feel free to submit to the Mona Lisa or Van Gogh challenges, or both:) I look forward to reading some more of your interesting poems!

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