NaPoWriMo: No News at 18

18 Apr

Miz Q has given us a couple of links to ‘what happened on this day’ sites and suggested we choose one, or more, to kick off a poem.

I chose: 1930 The BBC announces that there is no news.

CNN announces that there is no news:

no-one has been arrested
no-one is ill from an unidentified toxin
no mail is stuffed with an explosive, or slicked with ricin
no government has said ‘screw the people’
no-one has been in an accident
no-one has been robbed, car-jacked, or kidnapped
no one has been killed
there are no coups, no uprisings, no wars

three people have not been killed running the Boston Marathon.


Posted by on 18/04/2013 in exercises, poetry, writing


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13 responses to “NaPoWriMo: No News at 18

  1. Stan Ski

    18/04/2013 at 12:31 pm

    And they say no news is good news…

  2. Quickly

    18/04/2013 at 12:54 pm

    How many of us so far have been grabbed by that item?

  3. Carol Carlisle

    18/04/2013 at 2:39 pm

    So timely! May we learn from the past and repeat its!

  4. JulesPaige

    18/04/2013 at 3:19 pm

    While being less specific, I too leaned towards headlines in bold.

  5. Pamela

    18/04/2013 at 4:01 pm

    If only, is all I have to say. I couldn’t write to this prompt today, the news is so dismal.


    • margo roby

      19/04/2013 at 11:06 am

      Pamela, I know many people who no longer read the newspapers or listen to the news. It makes life so difficult to navigate, to enjoy the happinesses we are allowed to have and feel.


  6. Marianne

    18/04/2013 at 6:14 pm

    This prompt caught my eye. Love the way you handled it. If only it would happen again.

    • margo roby

      19/04/2013 at 11:04 am

      It would be nice, wouldn’t it Marianne? Not in our lifetimes, I’m thinking.

  7. Misky

    19/04/2013 at 4:54 am

    Oh. That final line rather knocked me off my arse.

    • margo roby

      19/04/2013 at 11:03 am

      Me too, Misk. I hadn’t planned it, but knew it was right.

  8. Marian J. Veverka

    19/04/2013 at 11:55 am



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