when tweets become news

new-moan-ya isn’t fun at all
it sounded like a bunch of lonely kittens
were living in my lungs
aching to escape

a new anti biotic
changed my world
in 48 hours

a week in bed 2 catch up
on shows i missed
or hadn’t ever seen

i watched only one episode
LL looking lost – late for work
again and again
scared suffering – surrounded by sycophants

broke my heart in many ways
a long island girl – so familiar
with a mom my age
fighting a disease that too often wins

while the world watches
this is now entertainment – celeb/reality tv
anna nicole and whitney
a slurring paula abdul

we r asked to watch but not see
what is right in front of r eyes
to nod in complicity
as everyone braces for impact

i tweeted the show was a tragedy
“an event causing great suffering, destruction, and distress”
thats what it felt like to me
start to finish

i wish only for lindsays healing
for sobriety that will serve her so
for a calming of all demons that plague her
for stillness inside her soul

i have compassion for the little girl i see
beneath the designer duds
one that could use a safe place to land
maybe for the first time in her life

13 Responses to 'when tweets become news'

  1. rachael says:

    HappY Easter!!!
    When kim richards of housewife’s of beverly hills was confronted in a way i didn’t agree with on national tv, she then chose to get help and work it! I met her she is lit with light, happy, delightful, a ray of sunshine, she works it everyday, like us all. and yes rosie seems 2 get bored as i. being happy and healthy takes work and endurance, its a choice i make everyday. lindsey u can recover love and light rachael

  2. Suzy says:

    It is wonderful that you still have the strength to speak your truth after what you say gets so distorted for the sake of a sensational tabloid headline to get a “hit”. Never thought from your comment that you had anything but concern and compassion for LL after seeing what you witnessed. I cannot even watch it. Sad a girl with so much promise is falling off the deep end with no one there in her life, like you, to help catch her with both love AND honesty.

  3. Donna MacDonald says:

    I haven’t seen the show but understand what you’re saying Rosie (and so well put). I, too, am very surprised at Oprah. It just seems so callous to watch this young girl struggling and, it seems, without a true friend. I get the impression that even her parents are using her celebrity for their own means. How tragic is that. I don’t know what the answer is for her. I pray that she’s able to step back, focus, and give herself strength to carry on.

  4. wanda says:

    the Lindsey show was disturbing and hard to watch..Did Oprah really need to do this! Does she really need the ratings!

  5. Diane Johnston says:

    I don’t understand why Oprah would put this show on her network. Very disappointing. And I agree that it’s ridiculous when tweets become news…

  6. Lisa Gregory says:

    I think you said perfectly what I was thinking
    I couldn’t even make it through one full episode.
    It’s like those test they did on monkeys years ago
    Put something they want just out of reach and when
    They tried to get it they got an electric shock.

  7. Barb says:

    Crazy world… To think that people don’t see the obvious. Instead of running to your tweet, read the tweet and then run to help this woman who is really just a girl.

  8. Mel says:

    Beautifully stated…as always…people twist truth as they prey of misery of others…so sad that this is what society has become…

  9. kellylark says:

    Anyone who “knows” you knew that your tweet was meant only with good intentions. I was angry on your behalf when they blew it up into something else. It is a sad state of affairs when the press is so desperate they created a story by deliberately mis-reading you. We love you Ro!

  10. Jane says:

    So many people love a train wreck, but never more so than when a celebrity is on the train.

  11. cindy says:

    I totally agree and understood your original comment. The show is sad. Her brother said she has been to rehab six times. Everything seemed very difficult for her. Unpacking clothes, getting up in the morning, being on time for anything. She kept saying she needed to set up a routine but never worked with the sober coach or life coach to set a routine. Hope she finds health and healing soon.

  12. Meaghan Reid says:

    Hi Rosie,

    I am a social worker in Canada who has worked in child protection for the past 7 yrs. Almost all of this work has been working with people struggling with addictions. Addiction IS an absolute tragedy and so was that episode. To deny that and call it entertainment is enabling. Sorry your well-intentioned tweet was twisted in the news and sorry you were sick! Hope you’re feeling better.

    Best, Meaghan

  13. Michael says:

    Hear hear Rosie! 23 years in recovery now. A miracle I am. Addiction does and will kill! A living heart you have to say outloud what you see. Never too late I have seen many miracles but again many tragedies of people from this disease