The Latest Until a Bit Later

by Allan Lake

Worrying national news almost bad
as international. Rogue species caught
by killer virus. Nature fights back?
Humans post antisocial items
on social media when, like,
we've already seen the obscene.
Share if you care, naked bear.
Horror upon horror until even
vented spleens are overloaded.
Finally Hercules pushes TV off,
puts computer on sleep mode, leaves
phone to cogitate, bravely switching off.

Abandoning all news sources
hero walks to nearby Elster Creek
where dreamy pond reflects fickle clouds.
There you may see flirty swans swanning,
shy herons fishing, Mr & Mrs Duck
taking fluffy ducklings for a dip.
My guilty blessing: Be fruitful and multiply,
despite your loud, ill-informed neighbours.
Naturally, they pretended not to listen.

Poet biography:
Originally from Saskatchewan, Allan Lake has lived in Vancouver, Cape Breton Island, Ibiza, Tasmania & Melbourne. Poetry Collection: Sand in the Sole (Xlibris, 2014). Lake won Lost Tower Publications (UK) Comp 2017 & Melbourne Spoken Word Poetry Fest/The Dan 2018. Poetry Chapbook (Ginninderra Press, 2020): My Photos of Sicily.

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