to learn out what happened overnight.
A few days ago the announcer read from her script
about events in Yemen, Tunisia and Egypt.
She then interrupted her flow of information
to say breaking news was arriving from another nation.
Brazil was the country, to be exact
but she could not yet give us any other fact.
With such anxiety did she speak
I knew the news coming in must be bleak.
Were there more disastrous landslides
that wipe away whole mountainsides?
Had the country been struck by drought?
Had Lula and Dilma fallen out?
Was the Amazon rainforest ‘s destruction worse
as logging operations on it put a curse?
Could it be something no-one wanted to face,
that this year’s carnival will not take place?
Finally we were given the news they described as dire –
a footballer announced he would retire.