Gregory (gshaw57) Upshaw

Rookie (1957 / Wichita, Kansas)

I AM A JOURNALIST


As I move motionlessly through the rubble-
The manifestation of buildings—destroy
I picture myself, my family engrossed within the rubble—

I am in shock-
For this is not my family-
These are families of mass-destruction-
Families whose innocence was taken unjustly-
I picture the images in still frame moments—

Images so shocking—so vivid-
Hatred runs deep within me-
As I converse with Malcolm—my friend-
We wonder do we have the right-
A right to report such devastation—

I believe so –
For I am journalist-
I am a realist-
I understand the essence of the truth-
I understand the catalyst of Mass-Destruction—

Therefore, the opportunity is there—to cease the moment
To be part of the solution-
And
Not the cause—
For reality is our trademark–
Our trade—our profession-
For I am a journalist-
A journalist of the truth-
Not speculation—but the truth-
I AM A JOURNALIST—

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Gregory E Upshaw

Submitted: Friday, January 23, 2009

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