findingtimetowrite

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The News

 Lately

 I’ve been mired in bad news trickling ceaselessly, babbling brook,

of downgrades and bailouts, unemployment figures, austerity,

revisions of economic forecasts, shelling and bombing, rigged elections-

all the bitter poetry of our times.

 

You can handle it once.

You hunker down for the bad times, provisions laid, windows boarded,

when hurricane strikes you put your head down, hold hands with your family,

even like the enforced cosiness, the simplicity, the fear now shared.

But when storm after storm buffets your nest? When supplies run low,

And your hell becomes other people?  When temporary becomes fixture

And still there is no deeper change, no molecules reformed or restructured?

 

Just furtive squeeze made manifest.

 

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3 thoughts on “The News

  1. It’s pretty terrifying when optimism begins to seem irrational. Been there plenty of times. Nice writing.

  2. I really enjoyed reading this – it reflects my mood at the moment. ‘But when storm after storm buffets your nest.. And your hell becomes other people?’ is terrific.

    So glad I came here via your trip to my blog at No wriggling out of writing – the blogosphere is a wonderful place sometimes :-)

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