Genesis of journalism

(An obsession of biblical proportions)

In the beginning
there was the “word”
and it was imagined
and it was fake
When they thought
no one was there
to look
to see and write
the facts
they invented
reality circumvented
and forced
us all to worship
idols, myths,
substituting truth
these priests
who call themselves
“people of the book”
A book
they forbade all
to read
while preaching
god was blessing
A faith
they did not
even have
cast in gold
from stolen calves;
An earthly sphere
they declared a plate
filled with booty
and still ingrate
invented sin
their theft to bless
and hired journalists
to report the mess.

Dr T.P. Wilkinson writes, teaches History and English, directs theatre and coaches cricket between the cradles of Heine and Saramago. He is also the author of Church Clothes, Land, Mission and the End of Apartheid in South Africa. Read other articles by T.P..