in the news

Halloween

Watching the interview,
you are grinning like a Cheshire cat
at the Mad Hat(t)ers
Tea Party.
You’re smiling,
orange you,
saying
“Nobody’s being hurt-
Its for your own good-
We will win this fight-
It is the principle of the thing.”
And all the time
I know
you have
no
guts.
Someone else has lit the flame
flickering behind your eyes.
And that grin
is only hiding
the emptiness
in your
big
fat
head.

*A repost of a poem written many years ago. Seems somehow appropriate for today.

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.