And speaking of news, today our prompt (optional, of course) is another oldie-but-goodie: a poem based on a news article. Frankly, I understand why you might be avoiding the news lately, but this is a good opportunity to find some “weird” and poetical news stories for inspiration. So here is my NewsPoem.
SYDNEY: A fight over toilet paper in an Australian supermarket on Saturday prompted police to call for calm after the latest violence sparked by coronavirus-induced panic buying in the country. This video widely shared online shows women pulling each other’s hair and screaming as they struggle over a large pack of the highly sought-after commodity in the aisle of a grocery store in Sydney.
A lady in a red velvet gown visits a store downtown. She plans to buy a red lipstick that matches her red gown. Searching the makeup aisle she tries on various scarlet shades. Couldn’t make up her mind, so decided to come back in a while and try few more rosy shades. Just then she spot few families with their carts brimming and full home supplies, oil, sauces loads of toilet paper rolls but not just a handful !! She stops to ask one such family is there an offer for today? or a running sale Buy 2 get 5 free types? They don’t answer and just move away ! Disturbed and embarrassed she now pretends to look down at her phone. Stumbles upon a WhatsApp forward That shows the same mayhem around. Everyone hoarding endlessly Is it the end of the world already ? Oh ! I must pick some too, she panicked and rushed along. outraged she was, as she saw a couple stocking the last one too. Lifting her flowing red velvet gown she leaped like a leopard though she looked like a clown, to claim the last one down from this hungry family in town. She tried to snatch it from this lady who looked like a sumo wearing a red lipstick. A shade, perfect like the one she wants would match with own her gown ! You already have seven !! Let me have this one , she pleaded But the sumo was in no mood to let this one go. She pulled her hair , with one hand still on the roll. Off to the left and off to the right they drifted, while the husband stood there sole audience to the fight. This is mine , no, this is mine Let it go - You let it go Ah ! all this for just a toilet roll ?? ! Brutally the sumo lady with the seven ashamed rolls Bit the thumb of the contender then ran to the billing counter to claim the prizes she just won. The poor lady in her red velvet gown crying and hurling abuses all at once. but just then she saw the lipstick mark on her thumb. from that sumo lady who was not a nun. Remembered why she came downtown shunning the toilet paper in thoughts feeling hopeful and beautiful now she reached the cosmetic aisle to hunt for a red to adorn her perfect smile and her velvet red gown !! ©Preeti S Manaktala