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Wednesday, 29 May 2013

The Summer TV Schedule

There is a tendency by TV programmers
to show lots of repeats during summer.
Old films like ‘Gone with the Wind’,
comedies with the comic Lucille Ball,
films both of the first global conflict
- a war that was to end all wars -
and the second that very soon followed.
Documentaries of past achievement
and old newsreels are being provided
for the viewers’ interest and amusement.
A great emphasis is placed on the past.
At the moment they’re showing a report
which tells us of car bombs explosions,
in Baghdad, that killed 45 pilgrims
and a further 27 people in Shia areas.
I have seen several like this over the years
but I know that they can’t be fresh news;
they must be prior to May 1st 2003
when George W Bush assured us: 
“Mission accomplished.”

© Luigi Pagano

Luigi Pagano is a contributor to Poetry24 and other websites. He has published three poetry collections the latest of which is Poetry On Tap (Available at Amazon.co.uk)


  1. I enjoyed this Luigi, I liked the way the poem hooked me and dragged me reeling into this macabre take on what has become an (almost) daily dose of grim news that seems never to improve. The chilling reminder of George W Bush's assurances is a fitting ending.

    1. You so right Carolyn, it is an unending stream of tragic news from a region that is supposed to have achieved democracy and stability. Will the situation ever get better? Let's hope so for the sake of the civilian popukation which eschews extremism.

  2. This is a poem? It reads like a Letter to the Editor.