Poemdog

Dogs 2019

OVERNIGHT MARKETS
(3/4/19)


every
morning
there's an email
in my inbox

a morning
financial
report

sent to me
very late
the previous
evening

from an
Arab
online news
agency

based
in the UK

now owned
by Americans

telling me
mostly
what the Chinese
have been doing
while I
slept

I once
ignored
such international
financial news

until
I realized
that these reports
seemed to affect
my daily
life

announced
Sino-American
trade deals

boosting
international
oil prices

increasing
refiners'
expenses

raising
the price
at the pump
by a dime

explaining
why a gallon
of gas
suddenly costs
so much
more

as I saw
reflected
by the sign
at a convenience
store
on the way
to work

they've
been messing
with my neighborhood
from afar

again

we
are truly
linked

world
round

by information
transcending
language

monetary

or national
borders
of any kind

as a Saudi
newscaster

with an
English accent

in front
of a map
of China

is likely
to tell
me