TV does not sympathize (a poem)

Sarah Birmingham
TV does not sympathize

With those who moralize

About the way

Things continue to decay.

It balances the discussion

With the fairness doctrine.

It is by way

To keep the moralist at bay.   

First it listens to you

To next diffuse the issue

With some playboy

Who enjoys decay.

We all have a somebody

We consider nobody.

With modern sensuality

It's the old morality.

What to do about the way

Things continue to decay?

Some say decay is great.

At least TV encourages debate.


[Editor's note: our thanks to James Willen for sending us this unpublished poem of the late Sarah Birmingham, a 6th grade school teacher]
TV does not sympathize

With those who moralize

About the way

Things continue to decay.

It balances the discussion

With the fairness doctrine.

It is by way

To keep the moralist at bay.   

First it listens to you

To next diffuse the issue

With some playboy

Who enjoys decay.

We all have a somebody

We consider nobody.

With modern sensuality

It's the old morality.

What to do about the way

Things continue to decay?

Some say decay is great.

At least TV encourages debate.


[Editor's note: our thanks to James Willen for sending us this unpublished poem of the late Sarah Birmingham, a 6th grade school teacher]