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Tuesday, 25 October 2011

On Voyeurism

Enough photos to fill an album
Enough words to write a book…

We can peek through her window
And take a general look
At her kitchen – why
It’s a bit like mine!
I have the same electric hob,
Same door in pine!
Have you seen her bedroom?
It’s like a shrine I guess…
Her place, her asylum
From the stress of modern life
Frozen in time
(Unlike like her death
As the media dissect
Her privacy
And voyeuristically
We join in the awful circus).

I suspect…
As her last breath
Was squeezed out of her
In those final moments of
Sheer and utter terror
She did not consider
That she would become
For the gutter press
And have pages
Dedicated to her
On Twitter.

© 'Anna'

'I didn't strangle her for sexual thrills' says killer Vincent Tabak
Anna is passionate about her world and writes about her feelings in both poetry and prose.  She lives in the UK and for personal reasons, prefers to remain just 'Anna.'


  1. This is so true. We are becoming voyeurs. The video of the little Chinese girl in my poem a few days ago, was played endlessly; as were the images of Gadaffi’s dead body. As one Times opinion writer asked “Aren’t word enough?” Sadly though, it’s not just the images, as your poem points up so beautifully; it’s the constant digging up of every detail of personal life.

  2. Thanks for your kind comment Marilyn.

    Words should be enough – but sadly (in court) there are often too many of them in pursuit of so called justice, in which the victim (whether dead or alive) is picked to pieces. Unfortunately this has now spread into the media bad style.

    Long ago my parents told me that the news media was there to inform and not to entertain and I feel that this intrusion into Joanna’s life (after death) is merely gory entertainment.

    Your observations of similarities with the little Chinese girl and Gadaffi’s body are well made. Why do we need to look all the time?

    Anna :o]