Epiphany Demonstrations

Jack and Jill

Jack and Jill went up the hill
to lobby on behalf of big business and tobacco.
The Senate fell down and broke its crown.
And the House came tumbling after.

That poem is from my collection of political and nonsense poems, “Not-for-the-Nursery Rhymes.” I wrote and published them almost a decade ago, and now when I read it, it seems so quaint. Is the tobacco lobby still one of the top 5 most evil institutions? Not all political poetry ages well. Here’s an updated version. I readily concede, it is not my finest work, and that’s OK. Sometimes you just have to work things out. Besides, I (naively) hope that ten years from now readers won’t know what I’m talking about.

January 6, 2021

Jack and Jill went up the hill
to bust into the Capitol.
The unruly seditious radicals
put Democracy in condition critical.
They believed 45’s lies and people died.
Senators were forced to take sides.
Congress confirmed the election
to thwart their QANON erection.
But we’re not done. It’s not over yet.
We’re in a precarious political situation
just days before 46’s inauguration.
Pick your side and hold on tight.
We’re not done with this fight.

5 thoughts on “Epiphany Demonstrations

  1. Good first draft. I”m glad you mentioned that the first poem was 10 years ago. Except in some Doonesbury cartoons I have not seen much on Big Tobacco in several years, just the dangers of vaping. I do remember attending some library events at Phillip-Morris in the 80s where they would leave about 5 different brands of their cigarettes at each attendees’ place. I always left mine on the table. Hope that the Coup of 2021 is equally quaint in 10 years.

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