I have Stopped looking at the News

I have stopped looking at the news,
stopped looking at the devastated buildings,
and politicians trying to dance.
I am tired of hearing about nations attaining nuclear bombs
and of people blown to subsequent pieces.

It is not that it does not pain me but,
I do not need to hear of bullet holes and sinking boats
to see a picture of a missing person or a starving family
to know that they are there,
and that every day more die,
more people blown away at the touch of a button,
more people go missing, never to be found.

I have stopped looking at the news.
It never ends, the death and destruction, tragedy and misfortune.
I can picture the horrors in my mind's eye without thinking,
then I start to cry.