Friday, May 21, 2010

Big Tent Poetry: step 2

Mr. Sapient fondles a new ideology:

the new band-aid for our economy

-or so I heard- is no band-aid at all.

The pattern of failure bears the marks

of government tincture. (You said it!).

New deal taxation and forced desegregation,

stall small business growth and thus

do not ease but slow down healing.

According to you, the Capitol better capitulates and

 the economists, financists and other business “-ists”

 will play no juggling tricks with derivatives

as southern patrons will  abolish racism

on their own (free and good will).

Mr. Tomasky, I agree with you

                                           this is kookoo!

Mr. Know-it-All, hello,

All you strive to proof will crumple

once we doff the fancy libertarian caparison

off the reasons you’re riding in the race

-you are no knight in shining armor.

Glitch one: deregulation- seen that, done that.

And guess who pursed our dreams?

Glitch two: my civil rights protected by

Plumber Joe or Locksmith 3 Key?

Ayn’t said so?
              let’s drop it, this debate’s futile

Note: this week's prompt was this wordle, i.e. a set of words we had to use in the poem. The words I used are in bold formatting.  And the topic, well -it is one debated political issue here, in U.S. One that I find hard to take seriously, though I should, so I decided to approach it with a drop of irony.
More poems inspired by the same group of words: here.


vivienne blake said...

A lot of this would work just as well to describe UK politics. I particularly like the line the economists, financists and other business “-ists”
New twists on old words are fascinating.

flaubert said...

Love the bit about Joe the plumber

Ana said...

I know(: -sadly.
Financist - it won't take long to see that in the disctionary.
Though he is not that bad, but he served as a good twist point for the 3 k "locksmith"

Peggy said...

I enjoyed reading your political poem. It does all seem so futile sometimes... But you did use so many of the words--maybe even all of them! Excellent.

Tumblewords: said...

Nothing stranger than the caparisons of little feat-ed pols. Enjoyed this read!

Paul said...


Deb said...

I love political poems. Irony was a useful tool to funnel the words just right.

Well done!

Ana said...

Thank you-I tried.
well the problem with the 'caparison' in question is that it looks better in theory than practice...
I owe the ironic touch to Mr.Tomasky from the Guardian and his note on libertarian idiosyncrasy. Before I read it, all I knew it was that I'd like to write about some proof that crumples and a dispute that is futile...

Linda Goin said...

Love political poetry, and especially liked how you used Joe as a balancing act. Glitch, indeed. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

a glitch in politics? no, wait! 2 glitches in politics? certainly this is fiction. :)


pleased you took the words into the political arena.

Francis Scudellari said...

I don't think Rand would approve, but I enjoyed this quite a bit. Lots of good witty observations here.

Ana said...

you meant -just two (glitches) in politics? that must be fiction...

I think Rand (both Rands if I come to think about it) and I have very different opinons on these topics, so I did not expected approval. But I am glad you liked it.

Julie said...

I love how you use the words. I read it out loud, and it sounds so good on the tongue. I agree that we should never, ever repeal civil rights laws.

Ana said...

thank you.
Now, whilst I understand the issue beyond the need to limit the government's interference inthe private enterprise, I also see where this type of involvment is required. It is like saying that the "new dea" was a bad program because the government intervened. Utopia.