Still Life with Newspaper, by J.R.McRae 07
I absorb the world through your reading of it
page by close writ page of fact and someone’s opinion of it
[does that make it fiction].
Sometimes they colour it in called ‘photo journalism’
And the best of it IS worth 1,000 words…
You are so still while you absorb
as if a movement would disturb the universe
or some essential atom at the bottom of it.
I am trying to colour in my small part of existence
With colours and lines and camera stills
Like this still life –
I’ve captured you
And what if the facts seep off the page in the recycle bin!
I have coloured you in
And you remain the sum of all that you’ve absorbed
And will tell me over tea
So that I can see beyond your glasses rim the turn of earth
And events that will not feature in my dreams.
But you have informed me
And I do not need
The newsman’s version of the world.
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[MY COMMENT: My life is so busy, generally,
my husband filters the news to me
whilst I’m in the kitchen preparing the tea. JRP]