source: Despite Screening Plans, Pentagon Faces Slog in Rooting Out Extremism
The cause of the shooting has not been determined, despite
clues that point toward a clandestine screening
for wrong thought. “There are no plans
to look for the pentagon
code,” an official says, but she faces
multiple inquiries while her department’s slog
through evidence offers the appearance of trust in
reason. Questions of who is rooting
for whom underlie deep skepticism as out
of control police fall deeper into extremism.
(This is more a short story than a poem.)
Here is how I am using Terrance Hayes’s Golden Shovel poem format, as proposed by the Sunday New York Times "At Home" section, for 30 Poems in 30 Days during National Poetry Month.
Take a newspaper headline that attracts you.
Use each word in the line as the end word for each line in your poem.
Keep the end words in order.
Describe the story that the headline is for.
The poem does not have to be about the same subject as the headline that creates the end words.