From time to time
some brilliant and successful men
go tumbling off their pedestals of fame
because some woman
offers them erotic lures
and they’re unable to abstain
that their chances of discovery are nil.
many more have hidden their liaisons well —
have never experienced exposure
to the curious public
that seems to thrive
on sexual misdemeanors.
We, the lesser folks
are drawn to read about
and listen to such stories with dismay
and even sometimes think
that we are better than are they.
If we’re too humble for superior assumptions
at least we stand incredulous at the mess —
yet at the same time we are not surprised.