NEWS OF THE DAY PANTOUM

By Charlotte Mandel

How many to count until final peace?

Morning papers print tallies by nation

Keyboards chatter of hostage release

Familiar words re-appear in translation


Morning papers print tallies by nation

A dozen today blown up on patrol

“Purity” “Cleansing” re-appear in translation

Rice Krispies swell in my breakfast bowl

 

Two dozen today blown up on patrol

The Times arrives in a plastic bag

Rice Krispies swell in my breakfast bowl

Newsprint smudges the shell of my egg 

 

The Times arrives in a plastic bag

Does water mean life existed on Mars?

Newsprint smudges the shell of my egg

Oil drills on tundra follow north stars

 

Does water mean life existed on Mars?

Bewildering sunspots flare strobes in the sky

Oil drills on tundra follow north stars

Diving bells flash-photo undersea night

 

Bewildering sunspots flare strobes in the sky

Every night I recycle newspaper

Diving bells flash-photo undersea night

Black holes swallow stars burnt to vapor

 

Every night I recycle all paper

Keyboards chatter of prisoner release

Black holes swallow stars burnt to vapor

One, and then one, until the final peace.

 

[In Life Work, David Robert Books, copyright author's]

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