14 August 2019

From Where I Sit

Watching the news in the USA, you’d think everything is equal:

A mass shooting in Texas, a people’s rebellion in Hong Kong,
a car crash on the highway, a hurricane baring down on an island,
glacier melt in  the arctic, children at a loss in immigration camps,
the nuclear explosion in Russia, the suicide of a child molester.

Watching the news, we’re conditioned to forget in an instant.

Apparent equality is part of the psychic numbing we need to:
check our investment options, go out and water the garden,
turn off television and check email, keep doctor’s appointments,
finish reading our mystery novels, play at Words with Friends.

But both watching and living, we know everything is not equal.

And so we contribute money to those able to take positive action,
recycle clothing - cans – paper - glass, eliminate single-use plastic,
write letters and join protests, mingle with our neighbors, love, vote,
pray, watch the news, and create, create, create in every medium.

Nothing is equal, not even the energy we use to make a difference.

For Sumana's promp Poets United Midweek Motif ~ Televised 

Splicing a 20-Minute Television Broadcast

Take out distance and closeness.
Blur the focus on politics and blood.
Speak excitedly of the next item.
Hold people through the commercial.
Finish on time.
Nothing should throw off 
the daily schedule except 
sports, academy awards, and 
maybe an incoming storm.
Make it palatable 
to accompany ice cream, 
shelled peanuts, and apple pie. 
Tomorrow is another day.

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Sherry Blue Sky said...

You are so right. Sound byte after sound byte, we are bombarded with so much bad news, we begin to feel helpless. I begin to believe this might be a political strategy, to keep the populace overwhelmed and compliant. I love the What We Can Do's in the closing stanza. Love the second poem, too. I wonder what it would take, momentus enough to slow the slide into the next stream of advertisements.

tonispencer said...

LOL. You only have to watch the "dramas" to realize that all is not equal in the US - the rich and powerful are what is televised and the poor and struggling are sometimes used as a metaphor. I don't watch TV except for a very few cooking shows. Bad news on the doorstep...

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Both of these are brilliant – and too true.

kaykuala said...

Yes Susan, watching TV make us less sensitive to horrors as there is always one more serious than what we see. It sort of numbs our senses than otherwise. Great write with lots of real and contrasting jibes!


Sumana Roy said...

There is a glimpse of how life surfaces through television in both the poems. We remain as helpless watchers. business is the order of the day. Meanwhile we do what seems right to do.

Old Egg said...

Sadly over the last 40 years or so many country's population are being brainwashed by the governments and industry to accept the future as they see it. George Orwell's novel 1984 is getting closer for us. Great writing Susan.

Jae Rose said...

Such a perceptive post..thankfully tomorrow is always another day

Kim M. Russell said...

Well said, Susan, in both poems!

purplepeninportland.com said...

Both excellent poems, and totally true.

rallentanda said...

The second one ... a percect description of the news....phony junk served up to unthinking robots.

Vivian Zems said...

I love the last line..."not even the energy..." It feels like the world is spiralling out of control; completely imbalanced.