“Idol Worship” by C. Jean Pearlstein

I saw them
Before the three phony stars
Whose shit stinks like everyone elses
A chance to come to Hollywood
Be melted into malleable puddle

Hollywood, just south of my home, north Hollywood
Home to human trafficking, pedophilia
Porn, S&M shops, whoring,  wifebeating
And every illicit drug on the planet

Homeless youth broken, wander the streets
Boys and girls sell their ass and give
Blow jobs for a pittance

Powerful men and stage struck mothers
Complicit in offering up fresh cunts
Ensure the ready supply with promise
Of stardom
Kardashian Brittany Paris notoriety

Not talent, hard work, years of training
To be used , fucked, fucked up, fucked over
Die on the street skid row
Run down room.

Predators feed the media blitz
500 channels 24/7
A fresh supply of meat
Arrives daily on Greyhound
Hitched trucks
Airplanes accompanied by
Celebrity obsessed parents

I say, for what?
I say, why not?
Lead the calves to the holding pen
Fatten them with unreachable fantasies
Herd them with penis prods
Down the chutes
To be slaughtered
And fashioned
Into the Golden Calf

C. Jean Pearlstein

L. K. Thayer’s Foto Fetish

© 2011


  1. lkthayer · February 4, 2011

    Jean, I love the knock-out punch, no holds barred honesty of this poem.
    Gutsy, gritty, ugly reality…excellent work my friend!

  2. Alexis Rhone Fancher · February 4, 2011

    Powerful, shocking, sadly true. Terrific work, Jean.

  3. Roz Levine · February 4, 2011

    To our banjo playing poet, another winning rant from your fingertips!

  4. Marcus · February 4, 2011

    You will save someone with these words.

    And I love your dynamic closing line.

    I’m a fan!!!!

  5. Jean · February 4, 2011

    I appreciate your comments–glad it resonated.

  6. Leslie Thayer · February 11, 2011

    Woah… nothing like nailing it! You will save someone, indeed.

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