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Developing Story
Jacqueline Jules


Journalists gather like crows
in the parking lot, cameras pointed
at the hospital entrance
for another developing story,
details coming soon.

And again, Iím stuck to the screen
in my living room while competing
experts clutter the airwaves
in twenty-four-hour coverage.

Channel 8 doesnít know
any more than Channel 5 or 6 or 10,
but each one has an urgent headline
hoping to hold me hostage
for another hour or two.

© by Jacqueline Jules.
Used here with the authorís permission

Jacqueline Jules is a former librarian who found herself intrigued by almost every book she put on the shelf.  As a reader and as a writer, she doesn’t restrict herself to one genre. She is the author of 50 books for young readers on a wide variety of topics, including a poetry book for young readers on the joy of activity called Tag Your Dreams: Poems of Play and Persistence (Albert Whitman, 2020). Jacqueline is also the author of four poetry books for adults, including a collection of biblically inspired poems, Manna in the Morning (Kelsay Books, 2021). She recently moved to Long Island to be closer to her grandchildren. Learn more about her at



Post New Comment:
Wilda Morris:
So true! And well written.
Posted 10/03/2022 12:26 PM
Lori Levy:
So true.
Posted 09/27/2022 01:02 PM
I love this poem. So true so true! And, I love the other comments just about as much. A good poem should spark good conversation! Alternate poem title: "Don't-Click Bait"
Posted 09/27/2022 11:35 AM
Sharon Waller Knutson:
I loved this wise, witty poem as a former journalist, current poet and news watcher. Favorite images: gather like crows, clutter the airwaves and hold me hostage.
Posted 09/27/2022 11:19 AM
"Move to the country. Eat a lot of peaches. Try to find Jesus, on your own".
Posted 09/27/2022 09:46 AM
Larry Schug:
As the great John Prine sung, "Blow up your tv, throw away your papers". I say, write poems from your heart.
Posted 09/27/2022 08:25 AM
Hold me hostageyes. Theyre about to finally get Trumpagain. More at seven.
Posted 09/27/2022 06:07 AM

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