Refusing The News

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub - Poetry Form:  Zégel
(posted by Grace)

"The elements of the simplest and most common form of the Zéjel are:

1. syllabic, most often written in 8 syllable lines.
2. stanzaic, opening with a mono-rhymed triplet followed by any
   number of quatrains.  
3. rhymed, the rhyme of the opening mudanza establishes a linking rhyme with the end line of the succeeding quatrains. 
Rhyme scheme, aaa bbba ccca etc."

I decide to give up the news.
My life is often filled with blues.

Except for end–mandatory–
of broadcast, with feel good story
of one who surpassed odds, found glory.
To hear vaccine news leaves me confused.

Local news is filled with shootings,
stabbings, fires, oft time looting.
National news expands to include
wildfires, flooding.  Can no longer view.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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17 Responses to Refusing The News

  1. Sadje says:

    This is sad that we avoid the news, but I think necessary


  2. I know what you mean – I used to skip the feel good human interest stories, now I skip most of the rest.


  3. -Eugi ☕️ says:

    I avoid the news, as well!


  4. Dora says:

    You said it well in Zéjel. Locally, nationally, the news leads to blues and more blues.


  5. Grace says:

    Hi Sara,

    I don’t watch tv but I do read our country’s news to keep myself up to date specially the good news. If reading the news give you the blues, then step away. Thanks for joining in.


  6. memadtwo says:

    Sometimes I have to just turn it off as well. (K)


  7. Ingrid says:

    I don’t blame you for tuning out. Keep listening to the stories of hope!


  8. It is hard to see it… but if we want to change we probably have to listen…


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