Comic Relief

I have no wish
for the poor of the world
to feel short-changed by my lack of concern
for their plight
or those weighed down with civil war and strife
to feel burdened by my lack of interest
in their fight
It's wrong for those who are oppressed by fear
to worry that I will not share their dread
of the night
and for those who die for lack of food
to think I have no appetite for news
is not right

I care

if given a choice
I prefer a view of starving people
that does not clash with my TV supper
sound bites
served up
in easily digestible pieces
If given a choice
I prefer to hear of displaced people
from the comfortable security
of home
and with
the familiar fireside tones of a
visiting comedian

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