Now Back to You

Another fence covered with teddybears and balloons,
more stricken newscasters, who will
grow into the story day by day, shock giving way
to Earnest Frowns

CNN coverage folds back on itself, back
thru Jonesboro, Springfield, Peducah, Oklahoma,
Waco. If I didn’t
see the date in the corner
of the screen, I wouldn’t be sure

what it was. What a soup,
a stew stirred, Culture the ladle and children peas
floating by, peas and diced carrots,
peeled potatoes, boiling merrily away. Charlton Heston
should SHUT UP, surely,
but there’s more to it
than that. As some commentator said, either
last week or last year,

It’s the heart to
disarm. It’s the heart.

By Rose Drew


One Response to Now Back to You

  1. Rose D says:

    When i wrote this, Charlton “Moses” Heston was still alive, but other than that and a dozen years, what, really, has changed? We sniffle back some tears, pin some notes to a fence or next to some prayer candles and get back to our lives. Meanwhile I have just now heard there was a shooting at the Empire State Bldg; now, back to YOU.

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