April 3, 2015

Breaking News by Arlene Mandell

Plane crashes, all 150 dead.
ISIS beheads three youths.
Local police officer shot and killed.

A friend emails photo of new
granddaughter, her features a blend
of Taiwanese and German.

While weeding the garden
I try to keep Baby Ellen's 
serene face in my mind.






Arlene Mandell is a retired English professor living in Santa Rosa, CA, where it is possible to block out reality for short periods of time.

2 comments:

  1. Retirement means more time to listen to the "bad news". How good it is that this Professor has given us a snapshot of the daily horror of the world and yet is gardening and thinking of her granddaughter.

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  2. Sadly, the ugly news is more prevalent, but the balm of a newborn grandchild's a powerful counter. Salute.

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