A Day in the Life

The Beatles tune keeps running thru my head –
“I read the news today, oh boy.”
over all the talking heads
and well groomed, earnest readers.
“And though the news was rather sad
Well I just had to laugh.”

Feeling lucky to have the satellite company
that’s feuding with Ted Turner-
leaving a block of channels
(ordinarily filled with opinion and conjecture
dressed up as NEWS)
just not there.

Sweet relief-
no news is good news.
We cuddle in the chill autumn air
watching breaking news-
wild geese descend onto the still waters of the cove.
Film at eleven.

“I’d love to turn you on”

** A Day in the Life by McCartney, Lennon and Harris.

14 thoughts on “A Day in the Life

  1. Speaking as a Canadian who turned the news on this morning to hear about a young soldier killed by a gunman who then ran into the main hall of the Parliament with his rifle and was gunned down, this poem hits me where I live. I think our country is shocked that the insanity has come to our doorstep.

  2. Great poem, Kathleen. Although this is not me, I admire those who respect the Sabbath day and keep it holy, whether from a Jewish or Christian point of view. They are spared the talking heads and the buzzing news for at least one day a week. Nice closing lines.

  3. What a delightful poem, Kathleen. You know, I hadn’t thought about that Beatles song for a long time….but now that you have mentioned it, I think it will run through my head all day as well! Ya, having a block of channels that you don’t see can be irritating in a way, but I do definitely see the bright side….you are spared the ‘talking heads,’ couldn’t see them even if you wanted to. Smiles. Really, I think we should all keep the news turned off a day or two a week! The song line you quoted at the end of your poem made me smile.

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