A Failure to Launch

It’s really too easy, right? The subconscious inferiority complex latent in a phallic rocket that fails to launch?

As we’ve discussed previously in blong, North Korea insisted on going forward with a missile launch otherwise condemned by the United States and the rational portion of the international community. North Korea said that its rocket launch aimed to put a satellite called Kwangmyongsong-3 (Shining Star) in orbit to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of the regime’s founder, Kim Il Sung. But the United States and other countries had denounced the launch as an attempt to test the country’s ballistic missile capabilities. Apparently, various UN Security Council resolutions forbid Pyongyang to carry out missile or nuclear tests. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton observed, “There is no doubt that this satellite would be launched using ballistic missile technology.”

Unfortunately, at launch, the rocket impotently broke into pieces.

Good heavens, though. You’re not trying if you haven’t wrecked a billion dollar rocket. How many of ours have exploded or failed to get off the platform or, worse, killed an entire crew. The difference with North Korea is that, in all its privacy and isolation, it has necessarily placed so much more at stake. A rocket launch, flaunted in the face of the international community, is like an opportunity to vindicate their way of life and governance. There is nothing humorous or shameful about a failed missile launch. Unless, you’ve couched its success as a thing of great honor.

Kwangmyongsong apparently means shining star. And, we’re all trying to put ours in the heavens. It’s our basest instinct.

Plus, I’m mos def conjugating it kwangmyonblong from now on. Superstarnewsrapper?

Performed by ipoetlaureate. Music produced by pumpknFoot.

Today’s song blog here:

Shining Star

3 thoughts on “A Failure to Launch

  1. Sometimes I can easily tell what piece of news you’ll cover (you know…when I find the free time to pay enough attention to the news.) I figured you’d approach this one, just wasn’t sure how. haha.
    I liked this blong quite a bit, the beat fit exquisitely well and the hook and verses were pretty sweet. I like when you get in the zone on a song and are able to end the final verse with that sweet poignancy of the heart and, here, you delivery it well.

    We sure do all wanna shine, don’t we?

  2. Thanks, Conduct. It’s a tightrope. I never know if a topic or a beat or the song will work until I’m well into it. And I don’t really have the time to change directions if it doesn’t. I just have to keep tweaking it until I have something halfway presentable. And, so it’s really good when it all comes together or works out especially well. It’s been a great artistic exercise and lesson for me. Being reminded that mistakes and imperfections can add to the character of an experience.

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