- News of the Day
I climb marble steps worn to the shape of waves.I follow those with the loudest voices.
I am a dry brooman old man sweeps his floor with; the sunlight speaks in Braille.
All Bethlehem is a child's tale: the crisis-crossed road,the man in the white robe, the donkey,
the already dangerous dust.Now the news is full of splinters.
Graffiti scars my palms, my wrists—I walk through the library of forgetting.
I am my own news and nothing'sgood. [End Page 35]
Veronica Golos won the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize (Story Line Press) for A Bell Buried Deep. Her newest book, Vocabulary of Silence (Red Hen Press, Feb. 2010), contains powerfully wrought poems that witness and respond to the continued wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Gaza—a mirror in which we see and hear the names of war's dead, their ghosts, and ourselves. She lives in Taos, New Mexico, with her husband, writer David Pérez. To contact: firstname.lastname@example.org