An Idle Fame

An Idle Fame

An idle fame rests on the mantle, rewritten to be

gawked at under eyes of herded cattle

who as a mass are only to engage in idle chatter.

The idle fame is sprawled on a picturesque wooden T,

with a bandolier sketched over, hanging across his ribs

like a rosary dangles under a shrine of glowing candles.

Like sheep to slaughter, the crowd is only vaguely

aware of a larger show, bull’s-eye-bound arrows

with unknown targets (spectacles invite silences).

Night’s eve to the garden after the fall has been revised

to cater to the needs of thrones; rewritten by restless classes

is a story set ablaze, urging violence within the masses.

Published by

John Brogan

John Brogan promotes renewable energy products in Northeast Ohio. He is also a new father, recently welcoming his first son, Victor Mackenzie Brogan, into the world. These experiences have encouraged fresh insights as he moonlights writing poetry, his favorite occupation, at his home in Cleveland Heights, OH. John is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University, where he earned a BA in cognitive science. John is also the author of the following books: In Reflection of Nature (2015), and St. Augustine and the Piano (2016).