Hebert Logerie (Haiti)
A Synopsis of the Six O'clock News
No wonder so many people do not watch the news
A mother stabbed her toddler this morning to death,
Afterwards, she committed suicide, and left
Behind a dead fetus, behind her front door.
A 23 year old man stabbed and killed his mother.
He cut the body in several parts, which he put in black bags,
With his cellular phone, he took pictures of the cadaver,
He intended to dump the body parts in several trash cans.
A pregnant woman got shot in the stomach by an intruder,
Who, cowardly, fled. The police are searching for this loser.
A kindergartener was killed this morning, while crossing the street,
In the absence of the crossing guard, who went to the bathroom.
For crying out loud, what is going on, in the neck of the hood?
There is madness out there, too much violence in the city,
And too many sick people are roaming the streets. Our society
Is too violent, crime is too rampant, and our neighborhood
Is infested with too many criminals. There is too much racism,
Too many murders, too many rapes, and too much sexism.
What's happening in our cities? What's going in our streets,
In our schools, in our lives, and in our families?
Many schools are shutting their doors; many churches are sealing their windows.
For crying out loud, what the heck is going on? Who knows? Who knows?
Who can come up with acceptable and reasonable answers?
Where are the geniuses, and the problem solvers?
There are more reruns, repeats, sports, weather, and news,
At the eleven o'clock reviews...
Tonight, there is a state of emergency; we are subjected to night time curfews.
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