The headline was curiously appalling

The headline was curiously appalling.
Strangely abhorrent:
9:52:00 am NT: Man dies after being mauled by dogs.
In his 45th floor office, he and his fellow workers saw the news and
a few commented.
“Jesus Christ” one of them groaned “unbelievable”.
Yes, he thought, the meek shall not so much inherit the earth
as be eaten by a pack of mongrels.
He felt ashamed that such a fate,
such a demonic and horrorful fate,
could befall anyone
no matter how helpless
no matter how derelict.
And in the ‘lucky country’ to boot!
They all gradually regathered their thoughts
and went on with whatever
it was they were doing
before 9:52:00.

But if you had some sort of magic glasses;
you know, special ones that you could slip on
and see the thought bubbles
floating above the heads of others,
you would see everyone thinking
exactly the
same
thing….

The headline was curiously appalling

Rex Inkpen

Joined January 2009

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written along with a short story, “He suddenly came upon a headline”, for a human rights short story and poetry competition currently being conducted by Readings.

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