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Apr 18 in Musings
If Only
 
Channel 12’s reporter
stands before the evening news van,
mic in hand, stares into the camera’s bright light.
Words roll out too smoothly:
“Yes, Jim, I’m here on site at Golgotha,
where days of rampant speculation pointed
to some earth-shattering event
taking place today, Friday.
We’ve been here all afternoon
with little to report, apart from
an oddly early sunset.
Besides that, just the usual creepy stuff
from this particular neighborhood-
funeral processions, weeping families.
Today’s final execution apparently finished
just moments ago.”
He twitches suddenly, glancing up at  
the now pitch-black sky.
“Nothing important happening here,
so I’ll send it back to you.”
Camera goes dark.
The reporter lifts one weary hand,
wipes sweaty make-up off his brow and
with the other absent-mindedly pats
the 30 coins in his
front pocket.
 
                                                                                                            -Dan Baumgartner
                                                                                                            Good Friday, 2019
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