News Flash – by J.K. Durick

 

Don’t bother to call me to watch it with you
we’ve seen it before, the always smoldering
aftermath, a reporter in its midst, giving us
details, statistics, perhaps an interview with
a survivor or witness; disasters, natural and
man-made follow a pattern, an inevitable cycle
that plays out in a few hours or days or weeks,
but we know now how it will end; the shock
unwinds, turns to clean-up, turns to recovery,
the talking heads talk, resolve moves on, turns
to determination, we congratulate ourselves
for surviving once more, talk about the strength
that got us through once more; then we return
to ourselves, some of us sit in the other room
pretending to get work done, while others sit
in front of the TV ready to call out to say, “hey,
you better come in here and see this” as if it
has never happened like this before.

 

 

 

J. K. Durick is a writing teacher at the Community College of Vermont and an online writing tutor. His recent poems have appeared in Social Justice Poetry, Tuck Magazine, Stanzaic Stylings, Synchronized Chaos, and Autumn Sky Poetry.