25 August 2007

Reputation Never Claimed

The epistemology of fame
has always bothered me;
the only word I cared to try
was notoriety. Fame was
framed in glowing names –
like celebrity and eminence
or crowned in renown and
dressed with distinction or
leant to prominence. To my
shame a reputation bent or
maimed defamed the image
staid, and disrepute disgraced
my case, plagued with infamy
and ill repute, a name ablaze
by imputation as a
most unsavoury
reputation won
or lost
or never claimed.
© 16 August 2007, I.D. Carswell