I get a paper every morning
to keep up with yesterdays sport,
but once I’ve read those pages
the rest of it, I abort.
I rarely read the front page
and I seldom watch the news.
That stuff is really depressing
and I’m not into singing the blues.
Oh, I’ll take a gander at the headlines,
maybe, scan an article or two,
but seldom will I take the time
to read them all the way through.
I’m not a well informed American,
I may have shirked my obligation,
but I know our cause is just
and I stand up for our nation.
Of course, I watch lots of television,
so often times I still see.
There’ll be something about the news
that seriously depresses me.
Or there will be a conversation,
of which I am a part,
when something will come up
that really touches my heart.
And, of course, I’m on the internet
several times each day.
Most everything that’s important
comes to me that way.
You can’t always believe it,
but that’s also true of the papers.
You have to read between the lines
if you’re to understand the capers.
Beyond that, I’m often involved
in friendly conversations
in which we discuss the local news
as well as that which affects the nation.
Many years ago
I was watching 60 minutes,
seemed every single story
had something discouraging in it.
I turned to my wife,
as they discussed another insurance trap.
She said “It’s all so depressing,
why do we watch this crap.”
That very night we resolved
we’d not watch it anymore.
Now the only reporting I watch
involves someone reporting a score.
If it doesn’t happen on the sports page,
or rather, isn’t reported there,
very likely it’s not something
about which I will care.
I’m sorry if that seems selfish,
but I live a happy life.
I just don’t want to mess it up
with all that stress and strife.
© Copyright 2011 Richard Lee King
Author of: A Pursuit of Life & The Price of Freedom