Journalism In Verse

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Erase the Sun

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It looks like it’s a nice day.
I don’t know that I have time
for that. People are coming
into town with clubs and firearms
and Stormtrooper helmets.
Somehow we were always
expecting something like this,
but, of course, you’re never
prepared. We saw a man
at the corner flashing and waving
a knife in the air. We heard
a young woman scream.
Some folks came up and asked,
“What’s he doing? What are
the police doing?” The older women
standing beside us were wearing
sky blue T-shirts that said “Quaker”
and holding signs that said “Love.”
So much is considered lost until it’s found.

 


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Howie Good, a journalism professor at SUNY New Paltz, is the author of The Loser’s Guide to Street Fighting, winner of the 2017 Lorien Prize for Poetry from Thoughtcrime Press.

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