Bad News

Bad news isn’t mannerly

It doesn’t announce itself

It prefers to come to you

When you least expect it to


Bad news isn’t courteous

It doesn’t beg your pardon

It insinuates itself

Without consideration


Bad news is a good hunter

It sniffs out your weaknesses

Aims its malevolent force

Where you are vulnerable


Bad news isn’t chivalric

When it has you defenseless

It won’t return your cutlass

But moves forward to the kill