i have my students reading news articles
and analyzing them for biases,

incorrect information, downright lies,
slips of the tongue, words that don’t quite sound right

but i keep sharing everything
on my newsfeed,

clicking the retweet button without
a second thought, sometimes not even reading,

never checking for validity,
too terrified of reality,

too scared of the fact that
someone might lie to me

to benefit themselves
when we’re surrounded by

all these dead and rotting bodies,
noses clogged and maggots crawling

across the hands we’re writing with,
or maybe I should say, lying with


Day 7 of NaPoWriMo! Prompt: a poem based on a news article

I didn’t write about a specific news article but rather the news as a whole.

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