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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