“I don’t want a lecture; please don’t shout it.
Just tell me what you think it means for me.
I don’t want to know too much about it –
just bottom-line it; the details bore me.
“I don’t want to hear, if it’s depressing.
Just say what’s immediately in store.
My plate is full, and it’s got me stressing.
I sure don’t want to load on any more.
“I don’t need to know too much in advance;
historical background’s not worth mention.
I don’t want to be blamed for ignorance,
but I can’t spare a lot of attention.
“Just give me the headlines so I can choose
if it’s gonna fit in with my world views.”
First published in Poeming Pigeon from Poetry Box.