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In the Before time

In the Before time, every evening the news god spoke.

every evening

the news gods spoke:

Edward R Murrow, Huntley and Brinkley, MacNeil and Lehrer

intoning through their electromagnetic waves.

My parents worshipped nightly,

offering up their own opinions

as if in call and response,

drinking the cocktail of communion.

On Sundays they attended special services

of Meet the Press.

News today would kill them

if they weren’t dead already.

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  1. Betsy Pfau says:

    Great Flash, Khati. Communion is a worthy metaphor. I may be stuck in that land too, as I don’t watch any cable news, still watch Meet the Press every Sunday and the nightly news on CBS. Today’s news is horrific. My husband humors me, but plays games on his phone while I watch. He tuned out after the 2016 election.

  2. Marian says:

    Very clever, and how true. It’s a very different world today, Khati.

  3. John Shutkin says:

    Perfectly and precisely said. I have written the same thing about my own parents, but for another (future) prompt, and far less eloquently. And dare we wonder where news will be after we’re gone?

  4. Laurie Levy says:

    Perfect RetroFlash, Khati. You echo my feelings about our miserable cable “news” and how glad I am that my parents didn’t live to see this mess.

  5. Suzy says:

    Khati, I like your images of the newsgods and the cocktail of communion. I don’t know if my parents watched the news or not, I have no memory of it. And I have not watched the news since T became president in 2017. The line about how the news would kill them if they weren’t dead already applies to mine too – probably all of ours.

  6. Wonderful, expansive metaphor, Khati. The Great God Broadcast News. And now, how we suffer at its punishing revelations and tremble with the anticipation of horrors to come.

  7. Khati, your invocation of the news gods who ruled the before time is quite effective. It brought me to the sad spot of grief at the loss of the national unity, and the insurrection of know-nothingism.

    • Khati Hendry says:

      Yes, a sad spot indeed. The news gods weren’t perfect, but made some attempt to adhere to journalistic standards, and a common narrative does help unify. God knows (ha ha) we’re in a pickle now.

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