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 Category:  Commentary and Philosophy Poetry
  Posted: June 7, 2017      Views: 249
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Chapter 4 of the book Patterns
free verse
"News" by estory
In the newspapers,
The news reports of the news reporters,
The faces of the newscasters
Reading the news, and the investigators
On location, live, reporting the news,
The murders, riots, scandals, thefts

"A five year child was shot in a drive by
While the governor is being investigated for
The lawsuit filed on behalf of
Four runs in five innings
During the heat wave, zero precipitation"

The footsteps of the news reporters
Following us, asking us to comment,
Taking pictures

The pictures on the covers of the newspapers,
The magazines, the tabloids, the blogs

Donald Trump, Kate Middleton, Snoop Dog,
Lebron James, Deng Xia Ping, Derek Jeter,
The victims of the London terrorist attack,

An in depth analysis of the mortgage crisis,
A discussion of climate change,
The declarations of marshal law,
An interview with the heads of state,
The editorials of the editors

The Dow Jones Industrial Average reached a new high
As Ford announces the shuttering of another plant
And the unemployment rate remains
While several companies announced new rounds of automation

Without any apparent motive
The state apparatus
Conduct its spying
At length, in secret,
Without warrant,
Concluding that the steps were necessary

The global war
Defined by politicians
And the motives of the board members
Of corrupt, insensitive corporations
And their corrupt, chief executive officers

The conclusions of the experts

Reports of psychotic individuals
With semi-automatic weapons
Shooting people at random
For no apparent reason

The galloping of horses,
The footsteps of the news reporters

The discoveries of super infections
Spreading exponentially
And the release of convicts
Who overturned their convictions

The interrelated crisis of global markets,
Strikes, protests, famine, fear

The footsteps of giants
Whom we have never seen before,
The wheel out of our hands

As we watch the planes taking off
From the airports of foreign lands

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Author Notes
This is an apocalyptic poem, I thought it kind of appropriate with everything scary going on in the world today. I wanted to capture the helplessness of being in the middle of it, of reading the news, or watching the news, without being able to do anything about it. In a sense, we are all victims in the news. And news is another one of those things we have to deal with every day, like it or not. The style of the poem is free verse, with elements of repetitions, minimalism, worked into it to create the music in the language. I wanted to create, in the disparate imagery, a sense of switching through television channels, getting snippets of images that add up to a sense of a whole. estory
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