Slice of Life Story Challenge March 5 -Sunday Papers And Attitude Shapers
Sunday Papers And Attitude Shapers
I am of that generation who grew up reading newspapers. It’s where I learned to read and comprehend the world, essentially. My parents relied heavily on the arrival of morning and evening newspapers to receive the news of the day.
The digital age had not dawned. And while I have embraced the digital news cycle and am attuned to constant news updates via social media and news outlets, my phone and my watch, I still retain my need for reading the printed news each morning. I love the smell of newsprint in the morning, to paraphrase a more famous quote.
There is a line in the chorus of Josh Pyke’s 2015 song, Be Your Boy that goes- ‘Watch the fathers collect the papers…’ well, that’s me. Strolling out into the morning light to gather up the plastic wrapped morning news.
Sunday papers are for me a slow and deliberate read. I roll willingly in the newsprint, metaphorically speaking that is. I am informed and infuriated in equal amounts. I am entertained and intrigued. Today though, my reading stirred me into word action.
The Sunday Paper
The Sunday paper
Shouts at me this morning
about the toxicity of Trump
The hollowness of Turnbull
and the continuing shame of Mosul and Aleppo.
Easy words to say.
Hard places to forget.
I flip over the Crossword
nestled among the cross words of the day.
I move to another place
Where coffee lures me
And waitresses offer warm smiles
I search for words to write;
Engaging in a kind of meditation
Aimed at erasing thought of bombs
barbarians and barbed wire.
I seek some measure of sweet solace
In this morning of news from planet mayhem.