Spread the Fear

15 Apr
Spread the Fear

The radio turns on to wake you
For the next work day
The first thing that you hear is how
The world is in dismay

People being run over
By cars that fled the scene
Another child missing and
Another murdered teen

A cop shot down by bad guys while
Making an arrest
Right between the eyes and then
A couple in the chest

Earthquakes tearing buildings down
And storms that loom ahead
The more you tune in to the grief
The more the fear is spread

It slowly crawls off of the page,
TV, or radio
And creeps into your mind where it
Will never cease to grow

Countries warring with each other
“What if it spreads here?”
Economy is crashing, “I’ll lose
All things I hold dear!”

And more you fear, the more you’ll tune
Back into the fear vendors
Hoping that someone will rise
To become our defenders

Surprise, surprise, there’s just more fear
There’s just more ache and dread
Just more reasons to stay home
And not get out of bed

At some point you have to admit
That what they’re dolling out
Is no different than a drug
That you snort up your snout

Tuning in to hear the constant
Destruction and death
Makes you just like a junkie
Who’s addicted to meth

You’ve snorted, shot up and smoked it
So long that now you’re hooked
“A car crash on the 401?
Ah, now I’m feeling cooked”

“I’ve gotta see the news tonight!
Some kid got knifed at school!”
And when that story’s done, you’ll wait
For the next piece that’s cruel

I turned my news off long ago
When it was clear to me
That every venue in the news
Reported “balance free”

They focused more on fear and dread
And less on things with hope
Their business is in dealing their
Despair inducing dope

I know this for a fact because
I put them to the test
Recently when I embarked
An altruistic quest

I set out to raise funds and hope
For cancer patients who
Are battling a bigger fear
Than news could ever brew

Some local papers said to me
“We’ll think about it some”
Guess they needed time to try
To spin it as more glum

And others, no response at all
Not interested in hope
More concerned with spreading fear
Than helping patients cope

Same goes for the TV stations
All except for one
Not enamoured with the tale
Since there’s no smoking gun

Point proven both to myself
And hopefully to you
About the kind of message that
The newsman likes to spew

You won’t find hope or strength or faith
When you go turn that dial
All they want to dispense is
All of their fearful bile

Stop the spread and tune out from
The news that does no good
The stories that discourage you
From seeing things that could

Set your mind at ease and rouse
Your passion and your nerve
To realize the greatest purpose
In life is to serve

The fear wants you to stay inside
And keep serving their needs
Listening to their commercials
Bringing them proceeds

The fear will keep you in your house
Curled up in a scared ball
Only when you turn it off
Can you start walking tall


6 Responses to “Spread the Fear”

  1. Sue Dreamwalker April 16, 2013 at 4:02 am #

    Excellent advice Miro. So true I tuned out long ago. Much better to switch into Nature and be creative. I would much sooner tune into Poems- painting- Gardening- and my Grandchild. A Brilliant poem highlighting how we are manipulated and kept in the Fear!
    Wishing you a Peaceful Day and well done on the fund raising for Cancer. My sister had breast cancer. She fought it after her opperation with love. Focusing on today and her newborn granchild and her own young family of four.that was in 95. She is still going strong focusing on the Now. The beauty in each moment. 🙂

    • Miro April 20, 2013 at 8:17 am #

      Thank you Sue. I’ve found a lot more peace in tuning out the TV and radio and tuning in to nature as well. Hiking is a new passion of mine, as well as being dragged by my Siberian Husky on walks. 🙂

      Glad to hear about your sister. Warriors run in your family!

      • Sue Dreamwalker April 22, 2013 at 8:24 am #

        Hiking with your Siberian Husky sounds a great pass-time.. And I will pass that on to my Sis! thank you Miro.. 🙂

  2. Christy Birmingham April 16, 2013 at 1:02 pm #

    We have to put fear aside and leave our front doors… otherwise ‘they’ win… your words offer strength that many people need today xx

    • Miro April 20, 2013 at 8:14 am #

      Thank you, Christy. For Warriors, there is no winning and no losing. There is simply conquering the next challenge. The media is an easy challenge for me to conquer. All it takes is a push of a button on my TV remote. 🙂

  3. dontchawannadream April 20, 2013 at 2:03 pm #

    Excellent poem, Miro. “I turned my news off long ago”. I kinda did about 2 years ago when I realized I couldn’t sleep anymore. It affects me too much and makes me really sad.

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