Melody Owen, Cutaway: Carphone, 2015
Dust Congress House Poet Emeritus klipschutz
weighs in with a year-end ditty on matters political…
You’d need a history degree and a photographic memory
to know which Roman to compare to Donald Trump,
and only other bookworms would care.
We can’t tell the emperors apart.
They built monuments, didn’t they, and pulled stunts,
crucified Christians before lunch,
handed corn out by the bushel when they had to.
Bread and circle jerks! Emperors live on
in Monty Python YouTube clips.
The one who made his horse a priest
came up in a peculiar protest song.
This is our party now, no encyclopedias allowed.
We don’t have time for some shotcaller in a toga
who polls at 2 percent name recognition.
His new book, A Visit to the Ranch & other poems,
can be ordered here.
Or contact the publisher directly:
Last Word Books & Press
111 Cherry St. NE
Olympia, WA 98501
(The book will be on Amazon soon,
but Etsy takes a smaller cut
and doesn't own The Washington Post.)