News Blues

News Blues

wars, tsunamis
murdered mommies
global warming
cancers forming
mad religions and heretics
engineering our genetics
drug cartels
emptying wells
mounting debt
nuclear threat

I hate to say it
but every day it
is getting worse
this global curse
and human capers
in all the papers
so all in all
it’s an easy call
I find less friction
in reading fiction!

The Prompt:The Great Divide—When reading for fun, do you usually choose fiction or non-fiction? Do you have an idea why you prefer one over the other?

16 thoughts on “News Blues

  1. loupmojo

    It really has become so hard to watch the news any more, and I can’t remember the last time I picked up a newspaper. Is it nay wonder we turn to our fictional worlds to escape this one?! 😉


  2. lifelessons Post author

    Yes..I’m sure there has always been brutality in the world, but we didn’t hear about every minute of every day. The world is too much with us, I fear. Not my words, but I echo their sentiment. Thanks for commenting, Marilyn. A valid point. —Judy


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  5. 007pandas / Nomadic Adventurer

    I’m fast becoming a book reading addict, simply because I’m learning to dislike the news of repeated horrors, so yes Non-fiction is the salad, yet fiction is the salad dressing with shrimp!

    Although, I have been stuck on biographies of famous American movie, sports and music entertainment celebrities, reading these books are far better than the news of today. I’m filled with hope knowing those who have lived through so much tragedy and pain only to survive and go on to be successful, gives me hope for our future.

    However, books & Blogging are better!

    I love this poem, and I will reblog.

    Great posting!


  6. hometownbiz76

    So true that fiction is one of the most enjoyable, but I find reading and writing non-fiction is a great aid in writing up some of the research I do for small business owners in my job. Loved the poetry as it really ties in directly to the title of this post.


    1. lifelessons Post author

      I, too, love non-fiction—especially biography and autobiography. Most of the poets I really like are writing non-fiction in that they are writing about their own lives and experience. What I find, however, is that most people I talk to no longer read the news. They just can’t take it anymore, not only because of what is happening, but because of the way the news is now reported, non-stop, over and over—each small sensational detail. And the world is too much with us. To know every violent detail happening everywhere in the world is too much.It isn’t even a matter purely of fiction vs. non-fiction. TV programs have become so violent that time and time again I have stopped watching a program I liked very much at first simply because every violent act seems to need to surpass the last in gore and horror. I don’t know what it is in the modern psyche that seems to crave this violence, but at some level, it needs to be turned off. The prompt over-simplified the matter and I went along with the prompt. Shame on me for falling into its trap. You put the matter into its proper perspective. Thanks for reading and commenting.



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