Headline makers


Violence makes headlines.
It shocks the reader awake.
Everyone is talking about it.
Newspaper sales rockets, crime sells.

It sounds heartless.
Profit feeding off morbidity.
Of brutality taking the lead.
Sexual offences in tow.

Newspapers sell when sensational.
Happy stories don’t hit sales.
It takes gruesome to hit target.
People rushing to get their copy.

There are gasp… and gasp.
A vicious and brutal murder.
Unbelief in voices among readers.
Such heinous a crime, they gasp.

After day three, a loss of interest.
People move on to the next horror.
A year from now, people  forget.
What was once headlines, now blurred.

By C.E. Pereira


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