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Have you ever listened to the news in reverse?
I turned on Up First
like I do every morning
I heard about Brian Kemp defeating David Purdue
in a blowout;
then I listened to yesterday’s news
when Purdue held on
by a wing and Trump bombast.
I heard about the second-deadliest school shooting,
and countless others.
(Sandy Hook remains the deadliest)
In hushed NPR tones with pregnant pauses
the anchor expressed the facts.
Waking up with her for as long as I have
I know she feels the same way I do;
(the same way most of us do)
Yesterday’s news covered war and tense politics.
Nevertheless, there was optimism:
because 19 children and 2 adults
Carried on about their day,
never knowing they would be today’s ghastly headline.