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gargoyle Lyr Req: Newspapermen Meet Such Interesting People (15) Lyr Add: NEWSPAPER EDITOR'S PRAYER (Kenneth Burke) 29 Jun 99

Sandy's link is here to the correct one:Newspaper Men

Found mine today:
by Kenneth Burke

I pray thee, God,
Send us for tomorrow's copy
Some great flood or earthquake or disastrously erupting volcano
Or picturesquely havoc-bearing storm
Or other natural calamity such as we
In piety
Call "acts of God."

Or may there transpire some big new step towards greater global malice
Or may the peaceful work of the UN
Be disrupted by a new flare-up, with corresponding walkout.

Or may some admiral or general
Blowhorn about the ever-mounting power
To spread misery.
Or if there is to be no true disaster for this day
Then I pray thee
Send us at least conditions for some rumor
That we may flaunt it before the nation
In foot-high front-page headlines
(Being to truth dedicated
We can deny it later,
In a small item well hidden).

Give us, I pray thee,
Some such monstrosity
As a way of drawing papers to market
That our merchants may the better peddle their wares.

And then happily

Many thousands more acres of stately trees
(Such as young Keats called "solemn senators")
Trees that make a Cathedral of the forest
Will have been successfully processed,
Transformed into the printed yellow matter of journalism
By the rules of hygiene
To use once and throw away....

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