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News!

News!

Spread like wildfire,
Ate their hearts,
Corrupted their minds,
Distracted their spirits,
Made it
ALL
SO
IMPORTANT
TO KEEP UP WITH THE NEWS!

Drumming
Thrumming
Keep on coming
Banging
Crashing
Beating
Eating

NEWS!

On the hour

NEWS!

Shout it on the streets

NEWS!

Everywhere

NEWS!

Before bed,
At the table

NEWS!

As they slept,
To be chewed over

NEWS!

To be discussed,
To worry about

NEWS!

On a Sunday,
Spitting and churning,

NEWS!

Chopping and weaving,
Hoodwinking, deceiving,

NEWS!

Battering, crying,

NEWS!

Flattering, lying,

NEWS!

Destroying, remoulding,

NEWS!

Corroding, corrupting,

NEWS!

All-changing, attention holding,

NEWS!

Filling the air between molecules
Atoms
Electrons

NEWS!

Processed
Filtered
Redirected

NEWS!

Noted
Analysed
Logged, computed,

NEWS!

Was me breathing
Your fart
Their row
Her thoughts
His dreams
Their hopes
Their despair

NEWS!

Was Everywhere

Too much

Overpowering

Disorientating

Dementing

NEWS!

Destroyed

Took

Numbed

Dumbed down

Defeated

NEWS!

Pervaded

Invaded

Intruded

Excluded

NEWS!

Described
Suffocated
Dislocated

NEWS!

Has to be STOPPED

NEWS!

Has to be STOPPED !

NEWS!

Has to be STOPPED!

NEWS!
– has to be –

STOPPED!

There now – that’s better –
I can almost think again.

NEWS!!!!!!

2002?

This is a poem about the insane world of 24 hour non-stop news, where even no news at all becomes news.

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