THE POLITICS OF POETRY

BLIND VOTING SCENE

Adlai Stevenson lost again
In nineteen fifty-six,
Which proves that intellectuals
And politics don’t mix.

–from Yankee Shoes by Mollee Kruger, Maryben Books

Is Obama an intellectual?
If so, how was he elected?
Does it take one to know one?
Just as I suspected!

WOOD-BE PUBLIC SERVANTS

Denials notwithstanding, some
Politicians could care less.
    They don’t know a tree
    From poetry —
If they do, they’re not impressed.

They think they shall never see
A tree lovely as a board….
    Which is fine in moderation
    But rain forest devastation
Is a plank we can’t afford.

Let their near-sighted eyes be opened –
Save the forest for the trees!
    A little reflection
    Beyond their election
Would serve better by degrees.

A POLITICAL PRICE TOUPEE

Bald is beautiful, or so it’s been said….
But not if we elect any mindless skinhead.
    If no Repub, Dem or poems
    Can counter those bare domes,
Let’s vote the Whig party back from the dead!

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