There are times I remember the nightly news
framed in a seriousness and we all watched.
I would come home from school and the others
they came from work or household chores
but we watched in the same room
the same RCA Victor
that doubled as a piece of furniture;
topped with white lace doilies and blonde lamp-
and always a man with a voice of authority
and there would be body counts every single night.
And for the longest time this went on
and we all watched and when it was over went
our separate ways.
There was no liberal newscast or conservative choice
there was only news and it could be very brutal.