Overrated

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My poem, a reaction to Donald Trump proclaiming that actress Meryl Streep is overrated, was published at Poets Reading the News.

http://www.poetsreadingthenews.com/2017/01/overrated/

 

1.

She’s not that great of an actress really. Once you get nominated,
it happens again and again.
You know how that goes. I hated her in Sophie’s Choice.
That movie depressed me.

That woman role in Kramer vs Kramer – sappy.
Dustin Hoffman on man-duty. Give me a break.
Or what about The Iron Woman, or The Iron Lady. Whatever it was.
One of the most boring movies I ever sat through.
Tell me, if she hadn’t been Meryl Streep, would she even have been nominated?

2.

Pavarotti was overrated
The Beatles were overrated
Nietzsche was overrated
Einstein was overrated
Tolstoy was overrated
Atwood is overrated
The pope is overrated
Madame Curie was overrated

Spielberg is overrated
Michael Jordan is overrated
Mother Teresa was overrated
Streep is overrated
The beep is overrated
The deep is overrated
The weep is overrated
Sleep is overrated

3.

Let’s hear it for the snub
Let’s hear it for the low road
Let’s hear it for the put down

Let’s hear it for the dark side
Let’s hear it for the cut

Let’s hear it for the insult
Let’s hear it for the sneer

Let’s hear it for the dig

4.

The meep is overrated

The eep is overrated

The leap is overrated

The veep is overrated

That creep is overrated

The deep is overrated

That sheep is overrated

Skeep is overrated

The peep is overrated

The meep is overrated

The queep is overrated

The zeep is overrated

The feep is overrated

Sharif is overrated

The reef is overrated

The beef is overrated

Meryl barrel pharrel teep
Streep leap jeep factor
Actor pactor lactor tactor
Overrated overbite

5.

Did you see her in She-Devil? What was that?
And what about Prime? Did anybody even see that movie?

Just because she’s good at accents.
Just because she’s good at disappearing into a role and disguising herself.
And what was that Mamma Mia! thing? Really! She should take off those overalls.

6.

She’s old
She’s told
She’s brave
She’s bold
She’s brave
She’s gold
She’s cold
She’s polled

Meryl Streep is overrated.
Donald Trump is twitterated.

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