Friday, April 27, 2012

Bordeaux & Bo

I searched above.
I searched below.
But nowhere to be seen is Bo.

I searched at speeds
Both fast and slow.
But where is Bo? I do not know.

What trauma did
He undergo,
To make him disappear just so?

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Cartagena Certification

We didn’t do a thing, we swear!
The allegations are unfair!

As proof, our lawyers have pursued
Reports of those who acted crude,
And sampled bits of local fare
In Cartagena’s public square.

Our conduct was, as is the case,
At every time, in every place,
Exemplary and scandal-free
From President to conferee.

For us, the matter is now closed,
With all the crucial facts disclosed;
Our lawyers say we played it straight –
And lawyers never obfuscate!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

From Hen to Pen

When she was she,
And he was he,
Oh life was simple then.
But now they toy
With girl and boy,
And call them each a hen.

I cannot lie:
If it were I
That would be called a hen,
I might disperse
A fist, or worse,
And end up in the pen.

Other Modern Europe posts:
     A Dane in Pain

Monday, April 16, 2012

Biblical Budgeting

To counter Ryan’s budget plan
I combed through Mark and Luke,
I exegeted line and verse
To ready my rebuke.

But universal coverage
Could not my work divine,
Between the calls for charity
And water turned to wine.

I searched for nanny government
And health care as a right,
But Matthew never wrote of them
In ways that I could cite.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Milquetoast Mercenary

As I concocted battle plans
For carpet-bombing Yemen,
The airways filled with news reports
About a War on Women.

I signed upon the dotted line
To get a bit of action,
As fighting in the culture wars
Provides me satisfaction.

But when I see the Wassermans
Who battle for their gender,
I’m seized by panic, fear, and dread,
And tempted to surrender.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Thursday, April 5, 2012

A Snippet

The Peacock dispersed a retraction
For changing the tape just a fraction.
Production was blamed
For changes that aimed
To add to the news by subtraction.

Other NBC posts:
     The Fugitives

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Under Construction

I see it quite clearly,
Although it is nearly
Four decades or more in the past,
How teacher would paddle
My perch for the saddle
Until I performed as she asked.

At nine I was skinny,
A bit of a ninny,
And trying to learn how to spell,
But words would elude me
And teacher subdued me
With beatings to help me excel.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012


“Unprecedented,” says the man
Who holds a law degree,
Despite the fact that precedence
Would strongly disagree.

“Extraordinary,” tumbles next
Across the gilded tongue,
Despite the massive over-reach
From which the law was sprung.

“It had a strong majority
In Congress,” he explains,
Despite the count of those who lost
Their subsequent campaigns.