Tonight at 10

(This poem is going to be a little depressing and dark.  I remember trying to watch the nightly news and this is what came of it.  It’s actually an old poem that I decided to rework after stumbling onto it.)

I am told to be informed

So I sit and watch the news

And try my best to stay

Ignoring my stomach’s turns


The opening murder

Puts me on edge

While the parade of rapes

Twist my stomach sour


Death of children

Making me rise to stand

Inching closer to the door

To escape the horror


Before my eyes

The parade of crime

Oozes from the tube

Joined by the shock of war


Fires blazing near and far

Caused by man or god

Disasters leaving people dead

And others on the street


My spirit hurts

And my loathing rises

Disgusted by my species

Depicted full of sin


Soon a light is shown

The saving of a puppy

Taken from a dire fate

Fostered back to health


A meager mint of hope

After a feast of evil

I look onto the clock

Seeing only fifteen minutes gone

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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25 Responses to Tonight at 10

  1. Saunved says:

    The truth is always bitter…and your poem showed me just that.


    • It isn’t even really the truth that bugs me. I just get a sense that the news focuses on the bad side of life. There’s an old phrase ‘If it bleeds, it leads’, which is disturbingly true. I mean, 15 minutes to get to a positive event? That’s just not right.


      • Saunved says:

        The thing is that, if they keep on showing all the good things, then no one will watch. For example, if your book had no villain (if any book had no villain, or someone/something bad) then it would have had been all good and no one would have been interested. When it comes to news, the good ones are usually pushed behind, while the bad ones are brought forth, exaggerated, glorified, pounded into our minds mercilessly. That’s why I like a quote:
        “Whenever I open the newspaper, I turn to the last page (sports page), because that’s where I get to read the first good news”
        -(Don’t know who said this)


      • I’m just saying there should be a mix, so a person isn’t angry and depressed before they reach the first good piece of news. The media shouldn’t work like a television show or book with villains and gripping drama. They’re supposed to deliver the news. Leave drama for the tabloids.


      • Saunved says:

        I can understand what you mean. It is not just right. How can we change that, though? I’ve been wondering…


      • Seek out our news in other venues. The internet allows us to pick and choose what we learn about. At least that’s all I can think of.


      • Saunved says:

        Yeah. Sometimes its better not to read/listen/watch the news at all (although it can be very risky). When it comes to me, if I read a bad news, all I can do is nod my head sideways, feel pity and move on. What power do I have? And what are those who have power doing? Its so weird.


      • The only power one has is to control what they know and use it wisely. Some in power are trying to fix things while others are more concerned with retaining their power. Change is a risk to their station, so they will keep the status quo. I don’t know if it’s more in that boat than the first group, but it sure feels that way.


      • Saunved says:

        Yes. I feel bad for everyone. Even myself. Its confusing and bewildering…


  2. That is a very true poem, Charles. I often feel that way when I see the news these days. Makes me feel sick. I want to see more puppy’s being rescued and less violence!


  3. Very vivid. I can see the images myself. 😦
    I, too, can’t stand watching the news.


  4. Excellent poem, you depict how depressing the news and this world can be.


  5. ioniamartin says:

    Very true. I try to avoid the news whenever possible.


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