Issue number 58 December 16, 2004
Quorum of One is intended for adult readers
Verses in response to an international calamity, November 2, 2004
As the gods said to Ulysses
When he sailed from Trojan piers,
As the Pharaoh said to Moses:
Four more years.
As the Normans told the Saxons
After wiping off their spears,
As the English said at Agincourt
To France's cavaliers,
As King Louis told the galley slaves:
Four more years.
As the Kaiser said to Belgium
On his way to Armentieres,
As Der Fuhrer said in Munich
After one too many beers,
As the camp commander whispered
Into Solzhenitsyn's ears,
As the Ayatollah told the Shah:
Four more years
Now suppose we had a president
Who played on people's fears
By exaggerating dangers posed
By swaggering viziers,
And, ignoring all advice from his
Respected UN peers,
Ran a deficit deposing them
And put us in arrears,
Meanwhile pandering barefacedly
To wealthy financiers,
Selling off our virgin forestlands
To thoughtless profiteers,
And revoking, say, free speech because
He says it interferes
With the righteous war against
Those greedy, lying, rogue emirs.
What would voters say to that?
¨©2004 by David Jaggard
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