Journalism In Verse

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Safe Havens

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Sometimes the news
is made by what we make
not what we destroy or
what takes us apart.

Yesterday, a save.
An open door,
and a man coming through
with a wish:

“I want to turn this in,”
he said, setting down
one crosshatched grenade
from service-days.

Well, fire-stations
are Safe Havens, maybe
established not only for children
but for all our wars:

CAN YOU KEEP THIS
DO YOU KNOW WHAT IT NEEDS
CAN YOU STOP IT FROM CRYING
PLEASE DON’T RUN FROM ME

and those firemen didn’t,
but they did walk straight
to an exit. “Come with us,”
they said. Easy — see?

 


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Man with grenade prompts evacuation of Malden fire department [WHDH Boston]


Catherine Rockwood is a poet and independent scholar based in Massachusetts. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in KYSO Flash, Psaltery & Lyre, The Rise Up Review, and elsewhere.

Photo by Alex Simon. 

 

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