I’ve decided to tackle the 48 Laws of Power by Robert Green as a set of prompts. I’d never heard of them until some one posted a random law in their Tumblr feed. The plan is to post one of these Law prompted pieces a week on Thursdays.


Law 5: So Much Depends on Reputation 



they bond over Bowie

sharing memories of first hearing

Ziggy Stardust

Young Americans


the old stuff

even the younger-than’s

fall back to those older times

no one says ‘let’s dance’

gave them a sense of hope


they bond

then the ties fray

Bowie was human

after all

allegations of rape

sex with the underaged

when he was in his twenties

they see this 69 year old man

of today

toying with the panties

of a fragile unwilling teenage girl


context gets lost

in this wash of language & image

with this need to now judge

to put his reputation into perspective

allegations become convictions

deeds that may

or may not have happened

decades ago

now become proven facts

evidence is irrelevant

accomplishments are diminished


actions that may or may not have happened

when he was a drunk druggy in his 20’s

are condemnations

actions we might forgive any drunken druggy

once he’d learned better

are now presented

because of who he became

as if there is a need to get even


to question rape allegations

is to become a rape apologist

so it’s easier to just shake one’s head in dismay

than confront

this invested-in

denying me the right to feel grief

over his death

Like my pictures? I post lots on Tumblr

cat fish
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