Sunday Matinee: Inauguration Poem Preview. Spoiler alert: It won’t rhyme

I don’t know what sort of quality control they had in Horace’s day, but I’m  pretty sure the Ars Poetica took more skill than simply writing a bad essay and calling it a poem.  Which happens to be  the standard of modern poetry and Elizabeth Alexander (Obama’s Inaugural Poet featured above).  Anyway, as even I am getting swept up in inauguration fever, I’d thought I’d attempt to honor Obama with a poetical form  almost as passé as straight marriage.

Chicago Hope
The Kenyan Son of Kansas mama–
Named Barack Hussein Obama–
Swept a country off its feet
With money, logos and the beat
Of “Change we can believe in.”
The Fusion Jazz of his campaignin’
Did Hillary and John McCain in.
Groupie Presses joined the trope
Reporting that clichés and hope
Are change we can believe in.
He overcame election night:
Flag pin flaps and Reverend Wright
Rezko, Biden, Billy Ayres–
Because the voters said “Who cares?”
Was change that left me grievin’
Still Barry, Sir, we wish you well–
Even Rahm Emmanuel
And every other Clinton crony
In your Cab’net.  Change?  Baloney!
At best we’re breakin’ even.
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4 responses to “Sunday Matinee: Inauguration Poem Preview. Spoiler alert: It won’t rhyme

  1. I find it hard to get swept up in Inauguration fever when the incoming is rife with corruption moreso than the last administration.

    Jan 20th will find me as far away from the tv as possible. Anywhere but there!

  2. No Obama inauguration fever, Ellurian? Wow. This is kind of awkward. You do know I’ll have to report this confession. Tell you what. I’ll give you a 20 minute head start before I make the call. Startinggggggggg NOW!

  3. You are the Kipling of American politics.

  4. Be a sport.

    Go to your dashboard, click appearances, then click on ‘extras’… and enjoy the snow falling on your toons!

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