Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash. Leonard Cohen

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Read All About It (Later)

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The pictures on the front page of the paper on my table
Every morning look so haunting
Earthquakes, tsunamis, radiation in Japan
These disasters are just too daunting
It's a wee bit much to handle
Before I've had my morning coffee
I need to warm up my brain 
With some news that's not as lofty

So I turn my attention to that easy little section
Called "Style" in the middle
I read my horoscope, snicker, turn a page
And try to solve the daily riddle
I laugh at the comics, follow gossip, entertainment
And get some good advice
I even get a hint from Heloise
On how to cook my rice

So please forgive me if you see me 
at the market
And it's quarter after two
And you ask me what I think about 
the state of world
And I don't have a clue
It's not that I don't care about 
what's happening out there
It's just that I can't deal
With too much information in the morning so 
I read the headlines
After my evening meal!


Brother Ollie said...

Me as well - wise words!

RJ Clarken said...

Me too. Sometimes (as Wordsworth once said) the world is too much with us.)

Well said.

Eileen T O'Neill ..... said...

I love your thoughts about how to handle and digest the news of each day.
Of course by lunchtime, the headlines will have been replaced by something much more important!!

Best wishes, Eileen

Added your Blog to follow!

Fireblossom said...

Oh, you said it, girl. I am exactly the same. Give me my funnies and advice columns!

Linda Bob Grifins Korbetis Hall said...

rich words.

well penned.

Willow said...

Excellent Lola...I am there with you. My heart, my soul, my mind go out to Japan. It is hard to get my mind around it all. I need respite between the reality, and realize I am not living it there. I am merely an observer. I can only begin to imagine. Then there is Haiti, still far from recovered. Fortunately Japan has better economic resources. But, I digress. A heartfelt poem, on a personal level.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Sounds like a good idea - you'll have a happier day that way! But perhaps more nightmares? I enjoyed your writing!

Madeleine Begun Kane said...

Well done. I can certainly relate, especially since the news seems to get more depressing all the time.

The Book of Shadows (The Dark Side) said...

:) Oh my, same here... My head will feel really heavy if I hit the details of news early morning... the best time for me is early or late noon... evening is not very good for me cos I will have trouble sleeping... :)

Nice sharing you have there.. :)

Isabel Doyle said...

I read the paper with my breakfast - the next day!

Maude Lynn said...

This is so clever! And, it's true, too.

Templeton's fury said...

lola i am totally with you!

Judy Roney said...

I love your style; both your poem and your life. What a great idea to just read the parts where you might ease yourself into that good day. I may do the same instead of overlooking that ominous news altogether!


Anonymous said...

Well said! I am right there with you. Who needs the gloom and doom.

Anonymous said...

I like it..if you don't know, it's not happening..so everything is cool...ideal world lol :)