16 April 1999

You meant to buy the morning paper.
But there wasn't time to buy the morning paper.

Your buddy at work says that the last war made better television.
You say nothing to that.
You think about it at lunch.

Then you meant to buy the newspaper.
But there wasn't time to buy the newspaper.

You make a note to yourself to look at the news online.
But there is a meeting and you forget.

After work you are on the train thinking about work.
And you think you should think about the war.
And you remember you forgot to buy a newspaper.

At home you turn on the news and the phone rings.
Your mother has passed away in a retirement community in Florida.

You are staring at the TV news with the sound turned down.
Now you are probing your mind for sadness.


Newspoetry at Spineless Books