nightly twas the broadcast….

digital decoupage based on Bratislava Bronze Paparazzo, photo by Benmil222,

with paparazzi
flashes
of fortune
dancing
in their heads
they
reported
the news
or
their
version
of  it

blind man’s bluff…

copyright cwmartin 2011

according to
the evening news
no civilian lives
were lost
what appears
to be the body
of a child
amongst the rubble
must be
a freedom fighter
because
according
to the news
no civilian lives
were
lost

just a stray thought…

while leaning
up against tomorrow
i casually
took out a dream
to share
it wasn’t
particularly fancy
no glitter
or
market value
just a plain
ordinary daydream
about how wonderful
life would be
if
peace
was more than a word
in a fifteen second sound bite
on the evening news
but
without commercial value
or
corporate sponsorship
it’s like a stray dog
without a home
most likely
to be
euthanized

congratulations….

transparency international
would like to
congratulate
you
you
have been selected
at random
from thousands
to receive
an all expense paid vacation
to one of their
top ten countries
this trip will afford
you an opportunity
to live life as a local
experience the reasons
for all those heart warming stories
that you have only heard about
on the evening news
for example
watch a new-born infant
vainly fight for survival
then
wade through governmental muck
attempting to bribe a government official
to regain your passport
experience the thrill of the hunt
by being the hunted
run wild to foreign borders
be rejected
or
imprisoned in tent camps
this is just a sample of what awaits you
and although previous winners
have requested a travel brochure
i must sadly admit we have none
however
i have enclosed
several photographs
with comments on each
photo number one
a lovely camp in sudan
where you’ll  while away the hours
talking to natives from darfur
please ignore the small fire being set
in the foreground
photo number two
transportation system is displayed
these are somalian toll boats
please bring the correct change
since the captain only carries large bills
this is not some one time offer
like those silly tv commercials
this a stable world condition
so you need not rush to your phone
to respond
take your time
most people
have