Death Brings Change

Death Brings Change

Someone has to die
for the hazing, for the hoax
telephone call, for the lost
child who was already dead,
but a mogul newspaper needs
its scoop.

(Is that how they found out
Prince Charles hid in the boot
of the limo on his way to see
Camilla Bowles?)

What of those Buddhist Monks in Tibet
setting themselves on fire? Or the Connecticut
children in school? Remember the Magi brought
the Slaughter of the Innocents. And what
did the Crucifixion accomplish?

“The world is a weird, bad dream,” I’d tell
my growing-up charges. It was a joke,
but it was true.