The News

Everyone knew
this was important news
the editor
would not extend the deadline
And so they went to press
with what news they had
The town read
as they always had
which policeman was decorated
the night before
who came to them
with their list
what film would run
at the old theater
and it was always the same film
without subtitles
But now
with the news
that had arrived here
the night before
from the men who had washed up
on the beach
none of it would matter
though the editor would not print
a word of it
it spread through town
and changed everything

Lenny Dellarocca

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