two poems about the news

When we thought
the earth was flat, science could be
a matter of opinion; the solar system
plotted as we know it a dangerous heresy.

We thought we evolved.
We thought we moved through
our darker ages, but the shadow seeps
over the edges of softened polar ice, less
planetary accusation and more
UN agenda to control consumption,
as if weather lies, as if dry summers
and flooding are rhetoric
to be argued.  Debate truth
with a tornado and see who wins.

My money’s on the planet.


This is my government, she said,
in Texas, where they keep fences
electrified, tall, strung tight
to keep threat from cattle
and fear deep and shepherded.
Sometimes out of that hot mess
politicians stew like okra,
a voice reminds us
speech is still free.

Yes, speech is free.
Free to be spoken over
when it forgets it’s place,
takes off the high heels,
rubs away the lipstick and spits.
Free to be shouted down
when the truth gets uncomfortable,
and free to be gaveled and struck
from the record when it shifts
to the emperor’s new clothes
all over again and no-one
wants to be called out naked,
the pointing child duct-taped quiet
in a point of order.

About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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41 Responses to two poems about the news

  1. Brilliant! A very unique and creative turn with politics and deception.

    Who is really telling the truth?
    We all make mistakes, but does that make us less human? less of what the actual truth really is?

    I miss reading your work. I’m back! and Starting Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays, I shall be posting up new blog poems. 🙂

  2. annotating60 says:

    Susan I especially loved the first one. The thought behind it powerful. But I’m a bit lost in the second one, it seems somewhat cryptic to me as if there were more information needed.>KB

  3. annotating60 says:

    This is much better and I think there is no problem in just how much you said about current events in bogging your points down. Very good. Have you hacked me yet?>KB

  4. issues may divide us but your poetic gifts make your convictions a joyful noise to my bullshit weary ears

    • Thanks, Paul. I adore people past their politics, which are after all just more bullshit to be dealt with when we need to see one another as people. Issues cannot nor should ever divide us. They should bring us together to discuss our differences and hammer out a compromise. I refuse to believe that is no longer possible for us as a nation. We as people are better than that. We’d have some great conversations over my kitchen table, you and I, given the opportunity.

  5. Lovely poems Susan. And I would say the tornado. Though they have their own form of truth. Twisted as it may be. (Okay, pardon the terrible pun. I was spinning out if control. That one too.)

  6. nelle says:

    Thank you for putting it into good words. It feels like an accusation of witchcraft is now within reach of the elephant party.

  7. The palm cannot block out or blot out the rays of the moon! (Igbo proverb). Thanks for saying this so elegantly.

  8. yeoldefoole says:

    “stew like okra!” dear gawd I loved this! Thank You for writing and sharing this – I’ve been letting the news get to me lately!

  9. Alice Keys says:

    Thanks, especially for the second poem. I have felt the acute loss of the constitutional right to freedom of speech in our country in recent years. There is too much “patriotism” going around and too little truth. From Oprah WInfrey’s hamburger “gag order” to Edward Snowden search for political asylum to a woman brave enough to speak her piece in Texas. Who will be be carted away (or black-balled from employment) next for the crime of speaking freely in the U.S.? Really, Susan. Thanks for speaking up.

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