How Bright

Paul compares all the spotlights
in the country
and the news that covers
the same few.

He wonders why the news
does not cover a caterpillar
munching milkweed leaves
or spinning its cocoon.

Paul’s podcast interviewed
slaughterhouse workers
about the depression they felt
over calves and little lambs.

His smart-phone
filmed a dancing wasp
drunk on fermented peaches
that lay on the ground.

Paul found at the farmers’ market
someone’s granddaughter
who stood on a soapbox
and recited Ophelia’s lines.

A vacant soapbox stood next to hers.
Paul investigated the story
of what happened to that grandson
who was absent with Hamlet’s lines.

copyright © 2023 Kenneth P. Gurney

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