News of the Day

someone made a bad decision
someone cheated on their wife
the local news acts with derision
tries to ruin both their lives

someone angrily grabs a handgun
points it foolishly at someone else
the news reports a man held ransomnewspapers
this news practically reports itself

someone famous was spotted drinking
then recklessly driving home that night
or a half-nude disney princess slinking,
the news can’t keep cameras from the sight.

when will someone see what’s happening?
when will they notice the useless delay?
the media jumps at crickets rattling
and the rattlesnakes slither all away.

 

Written for Poetic Asides prompt “News of the Day”.

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