When the Free Press Isn’t Feeling So Free
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.
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.
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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7 thoughts on “When the Free Press Isn’t Feeling So Free”
Great political poetry, Jamie. I am glad Ralph added the category – it is fun to read the pieces. Well done.
Thank you Phyllis. There are so many issues that need to be discussed today! Political poetry seems important.
Yes, it is very important, Jamie, for it is a great way to get our voice and opinions heard.
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.
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.
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 !
Thank you Paul, Kurt, and Ed for stopping by and leaving wonderful comments. Jamie