Poetry With A Mission

...a thought provoking poetical exercise.


It Simply Isn't Normal

Yes, emotional disorders are known to plague many an actor;
Their pretending to be someone else, (not them self), the major factor.
After all, every single person only them self is meant to be,
As pretending to be someone else just distorts our reality.

No, it simply isn’t normal some other person trying to be,
For it’s somewhat schizophrenic, and thereby, affects us mentally.
And hence why we are seeing actors that are ill emotionally,
As old Hollywood’s Couch Canyon regularly bears testimony.

“Hypocrite” in both its Greek and Latin forms, refers to an actor,
Which certainly isn't surprising given acting’s two-faced factor.
Thus, it’s no wonder some actors feel guilt, for pretence doesn't sit well,
And besides, every actor is just honing an empty shallow skill.

It is clearly quite unnatural to look a person in the eye
And then pretend to be another, feign a laugh, shed false tears, or sigh.
Hence why it should make us feel uneasy that we haven’t our self been,
But instead, simply falsely witnessed, creating a fictitious scene.

 Nobody should ever subordinate their own personality
In order to take on someone else’s individuality.
Pretending that we are another when we have all been made unique,
Simply destroys that integrity that every one of us should seek.

Yes, it’s a form of lying and deception that we are condoning,
And a dishonourable art form that the actor’s wrongly honing.
Although we know that it’s simply pretence, such pretence is make-believe,
And surely the one who is sound, only truth will want to live and breathe.

And let me add, that on the stage and screen, very frequently is seen
Two married actors who're acting very intimately in some scene.
Now, that is plain adultery, which their kissing alone makes a fact,
However, the old celluloid with even more evidence is packed.

Therefore, is it any wonder that feelings between these actors grow,
That injure each others real life marriage, and the seeds of divorce sow.
No, it isn’t simply a harmless kiss that these married actors share,
But rather, an immoral action at which people should hardly stare.

Why is it that these married actors their own marriages jeopardize,
Via this intimacy with others that is so wrong and most unwise?
Why do they allow themselves to behave in such an injurious way,
For they, via such intimate action, a gross unfaithfulness display?

Yes, there is something that's very wrong with this whole theatrical scene,
That mesmerizes so many via the stage, TV, or movie screen.
Although we know that they're only acting, (and they know that this we know),
It is still a faulty medium, one that is flawed from whoa-to-go.

By Lance Landall

A Despicable Profession

Without a doubt, the acting profession is a despicable one — pure make-believe — and a curse as well,
Each actor all the worse for their daily pretence, plus those who’ve come under its sullied and corruptive spell.
And the evidence clear: The actor feigning violence, deceit, promiscuity or adultery,
And talking or acting crudely; the viewer wallowing in such; their lives wasted on such perversity.

Yes, actors in bed with, or hugging and kissing someone else’s real life wife or husband, appallingly,
Which, if they are married too, is a form of adultery, let alone all that feigned promiscuity.
Hence Hollywood’s high divorce rate, but of far more concern is the millions watching such — yes, society —
And we wonder why things are getting so bad, families lapping from that day and night cesspool called TV.

And a visual-cum-mental cesspool it is — well, largely so — every decent standard violated,
And each actor knee deep in guilt, they hardly worth admiring, given how much ill they’ve accelerated.
So what’s with the idolizing, and why call them stars, or is trash applauded now, and those who act such out?
And the answer is, “Yes,” but only to our loss though, and if you’ve any doubts, take an honest look about.

Thus an Oscar for what? Pretence? A form of schizophrenia? Feigned vices? Acting out someone else’s ill?
And to think they’ve millions of fans — oh my, the blame they share — for within society, very little’s well.
And no surprises there, music videos displaying the very same violence and sexuality,
Not to mention crudity, all such drooled over by a savaged, decadent and drowning society.

It was time long ago for condemning what we’re seeing today, for though pretence is hardly to be prized,
We’re seeing a bull in a china shop, we the china, our senses, values and principles brutalized.
But like rabbits caught in the glare of headlights, so many seem hypnotised by that seductive little screen,
All thanks to the actor, whose dishonest profession — it being built on fakery — is far to often seen.

By Lance Landall


Quotes relating to drama —

“A psychoanalyst in Beverly Hills, interviewed for TV Guide, talked about what is bothering actors today.  He talked about the guilt that seems to be common in Couch Canyon.  The actor, he says, “feels guilty because it’s wrong to be a pretender.  He pretends to be so-and-so and he’s not really so-and-so.  That’s lying. That’s hypocrisy.” Dick Hobson, ‘What’s Tormenting Actors Today,’ TV Guide, July 26, 1969.”  Quoted by Marjorie Lewis Lloyd in “Too Slow Getting Off” p.80.

"All actors, in some way, suffer for their craft, with the very act of losing oneself inside another being coming at a high price."
Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, 31/12/2010

“One more day of make believing, one more day of playing the star, one more day of endless pretending, do you know who you are?”
Neil Sedaka, famous singer.

"The stage as an institution has within itself the seeds of corruption, and exists only under a law of degeneracy.”
Herrick Johnson.

“The actor’s profession is unnatural and radically wrong. It is an unworthy profession. . .Solon, the great lawmaker of Greece, denounced the profession as “tending by its stimulation of false character, and by its expression of sentiment not genuine or sincere, to corrupt the integrity of human dealing...”
M.E. Kearn, R & H, 11/2/1926, p.11.

“Stage life, according to my experience, has a tendency to deaden the finer feelings, to crush the inner nature of men and women, and to substitute artificiality and hollowness for sincerity and truth; and, mind you, I speak from an intimate experience of the stage, extending over thirty-seven years.”
Theatrical critic, London Press.  Quoted by M.E. Kearn, R & H, 11/2/1926, p.11.

"There's No Virtue In Pretense" is the Christian version of this poem, which has further comments underneath regarding drama — comments more relevant to Christians.