I sat down in the quiet of the morning
to write down a poem
that had tiptoed into my mind,
but I checked my email first
and the Goodreads newsletter came out,
Crate & Barrel’s having a sale,
the blood bank needs a donation,
somebody started a new game of Words With Friends,
and if I love America I’ll forward this to ten friends,
and, oh look! I got a new Twitter follower,
so I went over to Twitter
where I found out Malala has been sent home
and I want so badly to be happy about that,
but the news only terrified me.
So in order to distract myself,
I made the mistake of skimming tweets.
Ann Coulter and James Carville flung hateful bile in equal amounts
and people still insist on slaughtering English,
and some stewardesses on a plane had to duct tape a drunk to his seat,
and the words “trending now” are still
But it was gone.