Amy Penn on "The Awe of Character"


Amy Penn 


AMY PHILLIPS PENN                                                                                             

On "Character"


 Character: a homonym to twirl around and let fly.

It’s Pollyanna-plus, oozed gratuitously at elegies, eulogies, and other amped up tributes to those who have passed.

“He never said a bad word about anyone,” while a wider lens smirks into zoom on an embroidered pillow that beckons: “ if you have nothing nice to say, sit by me.”

The halo to the deceased is golden, indeed. Make mine blonde meets  platinum.

Harvey shushes us,  as it thrashes apocalyptic “yes, we cans,” as those who never aspired to be swathed in mythological heroism, emerge drenched, shaken and not giving a flying emoji if the local news is panting in wait, drooling in promises of  gratuitous photo shopped immortality. 

A moment of silence, please.

Exhale, awe.



Amy Phillips Penn has written a book or two, and survived three hurricanes in the bathroom huddled with Holly, her golden retriever. She emerged dry, but humbled 



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Amy Penn and Diosa. Photo: David Lominska.

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