When the Free Press Isn’t Feeling So Free

The many gears of the free press..

The Free Press

1.) Be Skeptical of What You Read

The pitch, be skeptical of what you read,

to inspect products for potential harm,

spiritual and physical alarm,

where every source is biased and misled.

An increase in global anxiety

is based upon the spread of false data

or held by seat-belts made by Takata

a threat to our feeling security.

Where years before the confusion he sat

in lingering heat of Anaheim day

in front of old transistor radio

to hear an Eastern European chat

or Italy’s politics on display

between a tragic oratorio.

A busy newsroom…

2.) To Trust the News

“Our news is uncommon, this news”

a nonsense threat to our security

a means of control through fear and worry

a sure fire way to elicit the blues.

Arguments that only take up our time

to break up our homes fill our hearts with rage

to take our part in anxieties stage

to bring to our place tales of violent crime.

My daily life is filled with children’s song

and laundry, dishes, cleaning, other chores.

To try to be an active  neighbor

by trying to teach my children to be strong.

There is no violence hiding behind doors

only life’s struggle buried in my core.

“The Defense of Our Country…”

3.) The World is Much Smaller Now

The world is much smaller now, connected.

Our world could change through our transparency.

To know the harms in our tight secrecy.

Attempts at isolation rejected.

“The defense of our country” Golden Tool.

Officials turn their heads to blind their eyes

to weaken foreign handshakes and such ties.

To hang in corners like the classroom fool.

We pull our wounded off the battlefields.

A battle that will briefly make the news.

A part of global conflict without talk

as Roman Soldiers lifted up their shields

and congress fought to keep a silent ruse.

Whole countries lying traced with sidewalk chalk.

All the poems above are located in “The Rhyme of Ancient Middle Class” written by Jamie Lee Hamann, advertised on The Creative Exiles, and sold on Amazon.

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My name is Jamie Lee Hamann and I have a passion for writing short fiction and poetry. I started writing for TCE around 2015 and since then I have finished seven collections of poetry and plans for more. I currently live in Lemmon Valley NV with my family. If you desire to find my other work on the internet feel free to stop by my website simplepoetics.weebly.com. The website offers articles on poetry, poems, and links to all my other writing.

7 thoughts on “When the Free Press Isn’t Feeling So Free

  • February 24, 2019 at 9:20 AM

    Great political poetry, Jamie. I am glad Ralph added the category – it is fun to read the pieces. Well done.

  • February 24, 2019 at 9:30 AM

    Thank you Phyllis. There are so many issues that need to be discussed today! Political poetry seems important.

  • February 24, 2019 at 11:14 AM

    Very good political poetry. You know when I was younger I never saw the news channels as biased or “fake.” But nowadays the press has their own agenda to push and it does not seem like it suits the people, funny it parallels the views I have of most of our politicians today. Nice work Jamie.

  • February 24, 2019 at 2:16 PM

    Yes, these are important pieces in todays world. It seems that the press no longer is bias no matter what side of the political fence you happened to be on. My personal thought is that the internet changed all of that. The need to be first in this instant world, has plagued us with fake news, half-truths, and out-right lies. I am not sure where this world is headed since the word “journalist” means nothing in regards to the truth. These works of yours raise an awareness that should be heeded not only by every American, but every citizen of the world.

  • February 25, 2019 at 6:13 AM

    Jamie , Nice ! I have concluded that it may be a good thing no one trusts the media anymore , THAT teaches self reliance on one’s own ability to cipher this one reality !
    Nice writing !

  • March 2, 2019 at 9:34 AM

    Thank you Paul, Kurt, and Ed for stopping by and leaving wonderful comments. Jamie


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