Around seven thirty
I’m woken

by the radio
that wakes my wife.

She leaves it on
as she goes to shower

and I hear news stories
mentioning murders

that have taken place
and also a number

of charity events
held to raise money

for the families
of those so murdered.

This, I’m thinking, sounds
like pyramid selling

two related news stories
instead of one.

I wonder if the wire service
offers a rate on volume

and can’t help but admire
at what competition can do.