Don’t Disenfranchise Me

Will anchors, of whatever stripe,
please start disseminating news,
instead of using it to hype
their own presumptive moral views.
I wish news anchors won’t lambast
a pol whose standing left or right
of where I’m at – with looks aghast,
as if they were a plebiscite.
They’d render an electorate
politically irrelevant
and thus, a mere protectorate
of broadcasters’ benevolent
rule. I don’t need a callous shrug
from them, a rolling of their eyes.
or dudes exhaling breath with smug
demeanor. Cheekbones shouldn’t rise,
dismissing someone’s point of view
which, though it suits their temperament,
they journalistically eschew
with facial tics as complement.
They thus add to fat salaries
an aspect low in calories.

Born and bred in New Jersey, Frank worked in New York for many years. He loves music from Bach to Amy Winehouse, World Music, Latin, opera. Shakespeare is his consolation, writing his hobby. Frank likes poets Dylan Thomas, Keats, Wallace Stevens, Frost, Ginsberg, and Sylvia Plath. Read other articles by Frank.