I heard the news today


oh, boy, are we in a terrible fix. The world
isn’t black and white, my love, all this false
print. It’s blue and green and sky and sea

and everything golden and fought for in be
-tween. I don’t want another headline, love;
etch me a lifeline, something I can hang my

hat from, hang my heart on, like the corner
of your smile. Sensationalize hope for once,
place the propaganda of promise right in my

lap. Trap all these fragile winged things just
long enough to feel their stir, then whir them
back out into this black spill softer, stronger

still. We’re broken, but we’re a whole lot more
solid than all this. This world is starving for
some smaller silence. You can quote me on this.

Prompted by Poetic Asides.

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6 Responses to I heard the news today

  1. Perfect sentiments. “sensationalize hope” – how I wish that would sell. “the corner/ of your smile” — great! Impressive. Thanks!

  2. Linda E.H. says:

    I LOVE THIS! Great work, De.

  3. apple says:

    “I don’t want another headline-love” … Nice. In other words, give me a relationship that will stand the test of time, rather than one of those spicy flings that makes the front page.

    “lap. Trap all these fragile winged things just” … “Just” is short for “Justin,” with whom you’re running laps, not sprints. 😉

    LOVE this: “back out into this black-spill-softer” … The last three words together are a hyphenated noun.

    “still. We’re broken, but we’re a whole lot more” … There’s a lot of wisdom in learning how to be quiet and meditative after being broken. (a whole lot more still)

    I also like the last six words, and this: “Sensationalize hope for once”

  4. Phil Canon says:

    Nice. I really enjoyed this and my favourite line is “like the corner
    of your smile”

  5. Jennifer G. Knoblock says:

    This is intelligent, heartfelt, beautiful. The last stanza especially spoke to me. Thank you!

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