Poems of the Week

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by Nora Jay

“Death, destruction, ruin and decay!”
—Every media outlet everywhere, every day

Our correspondent Walter Wall
Does not desire to cast a pall,
But needs incessantly to speak.
The thing has not yet reached its peak;
It’s getting worse from day to day,
And will beyond the end of May.
No symptoms? Don’t go seeking credit;
It’s attitudes like this that spread it,
So lock your doors, and risk perforce
Depression, bankruptcy, divorce,
Addiction and infanticide.
The world’s at one; you cannot hide.
Stand with the facts, or sit and cower
Beneath this never-ending shower
From experts, buffs, and cognoscenti.
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