Friday, 20 December 2013

News Travel Fast

The news travel fast
from Cape Town to New York
to London, Belfast
and all over the world
by way of TV
or the printed word.
Who hasn’t heard
that Mandela is dead,
that he’ll lie in state,
like the papers said.
But the Fourth Estate
has said much more:
a leaked Labour memo
has caused furore;
in times of crisis
one has to know this:
the Honourable members
are taking the piss
by accepting a rise
of eleven per cent,
an increase most of us
will consider indecent;
it has been a bad week
for the culinary goddess,
it will take her some time
to clean up the mess;
Down Under the cricket
for the Poms isn’t good,
the Aussies’ attacks
they haven’t withstood.
Oh, how I wish that the Muse
would bring me good news!
© Luigi Pagano 2013

Luigi Pagano is a regular contributor to Poetry24 as well as other websites such as and