Not News

Each day, the same:
News that tweaks before it checks;
Assumes, skims over, grooms, neglects –
Like all good servants, un-sees, covers, cleans, forgets.

What day is it? What year, this week
But yesterday’s rehashed receipt?

Wash; condition; rinse; repeat;
Reset the gloss, that it may speak as scrutiny it did not seek
‘Til time and topic loyally meet to mete the minuted worksheet
And mock the poor pips as they squeak.

Which way is up? What’s going down
Behind the clowns who spin in rounds
Stale bread and circus tedium of stenographic medium?

Priority: free access to monotony of Overton variety
In twenty-four-seven society, quieted so quietly;
Cuckolded, entirely.

“Moderate”?

Moderate“?
Phfft… What?
Medium?
Measured?
Mild and fair?
Temperate?
Modest?
Adequate?
Ok?
Even?
Within Reason?

Where?

So-so
Easy
No great shakes
Bog-standard
Average
Second-rate
Middling (to diddly squat)
Insipid
Mediocre
Uninspired
Sober
Meh…
Commonplace
Controlled (for hire)
Bargain-basement
Regulated
Decent (liar)

There?

Disbelief

Are we so stunned by the grotesque
That all we do is dumbly watch
Our needy leaders crest and botch?

Fie Foe!

Fee! Fie! Foe! Fum!
We smell the dread of Establishment
Be it cold and be it sick
We’ll change its blood and break its fix.

Misc.

Have the eclectic quirks
In people’s online heads
Replaced the curiosity shops
Wherein, among
The bits and bobs
Of whimsy and antiquity,
We browse, instead,
For random gems to spot?