Wednesday, 15 November 2017

No News

On Monday, I posted the following message on the Poetry24 Facebook page:

Hi All.

After tomorrow, Poetry24 will be publishing poems as and when.

It's been at least one per day for a little over three months, and I have to finally concede that maintaining such a rate is unrealistic. So please continue to send me your news inspired poems, 'as and when' the muse dictates.

I look forward to hearing from you, as ever.


Martin (Ed)

This is Richard Devereux's response.

The news is there is no news
to depress the poet’s keys
or set his roller-ball rolling.

Words have lost their charm:
Brexit means Brexit. Ambiguity,
the poet’s coin, has rolled away …
down the drain.

The Tories are ‘at it’ again.
How will the NHS cope with a winter
epidemic of Tory-fatigue?

And who is shocked by another
natural disaster, by another storm
or earthquake? They happen.
Get over it. Some have to.

Stories about the ebb and flow
of the dead in the water –
are dead in the water.

There hasn’t been a terrorist attack
this week. When it comes –
we will all have been expecting it.

For a while, Trump trumped
all other news, fake or not, but now
we all play patience.

© Richard Devereux

Richard Devereux is a member of Lansdown Poets and Bristol Stanza. His collection Bill tells the story of his grandfather, a soldier of World War One who fought on the Balkan front in northern Greece. Richard taught English in Athens and his knowledge of Greece inspires and informs much of his writing. His poems have appeared in several anthologies and on-line magazines.