Friday, December 30, 2016

Cars Named After Poets

The Lincoln Town Carl Sandburg.

The Ogden Nash Rambler.

The Infiniti S. Eliot.

The W.H. Audi.

The AMC Day Lewis Pacer.

The Sharon Oldsmobile.

The Margaret Atwoodie.

The Paul Muldoon Buggy.

The Charles Honda Simic.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Trump Blames Computers, Not Russia, For Hacking

This has to be --- without any doubt at all ---
One of his most idiotic dispatches
Like not blaming suspicious fires on arsonists
But the guy who invented matches.


Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Finally, Some Clarity About Charity

Why would rich people wanting to help
Kids with cancer be in the mood
To send money to Eric Trump when they
Could just send it to St. Jude?

Because, it appears, one big motivation
Isn’t only lowering taxes
But when it comes to Eric’s dad having
Some very helpful access.

Yeah, we know the Trumps are sleazy & corrupt
But rather strikingly soon we’re
Going to see this happens with rich guys whose
Sons aren’t Eric and Don Junior.

Bernie Madoff stole billions. This isn’t news:
He’s one of Wall Street’s big thieves
But one way that he pulled his Ponzi off was
By using many charities as fig leaves.

Whenever the wealthy grandly announce all of
The good work that they’re doing
Bet heavy it isn’t all on the up and up and there
Are lots of people they’re screwing.


Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Mulling Over The Last 361 Days

I try to keep 2016 out of my head but all
The bad memories trickle back:
If it were a band --- instead of a year ---
It would have to be Nickelback.

Carrie Fisher (1956-2016)

An over-actor who I once knew
Came back from a location
Of some truly awful movie and
Dropped into conversation

That Carrie Fisher was in the cast
(She played his sister or wife)
And he swore she was the funniest
Person he’d met in his life.

This was before Fisher’s books
Came out. So, you see
A claim to her wit was a brand
New bit of news for me.

Fisher soon became an author
And calmly beckoned with
Certainty that she was a comic
Voice to be reckoned with.

My hammy thespian pal was the kind
Of person who gave
Grand pronouncements like a certain
Performer was “brave.”

This is, of course, utter crap & it’s
More than just a bit unsavory
To suggest that any actor in a part
Is actually capable of bravery.

That term should only be applied
To soldiers who are at war
Or doctors doing emergency care:
These folks we can’t ignore.

Yet Fisher possessed true valor & not
Merely in terms of hilarity
But in her bold willingness to openly
Discuss her bipolarity.

Her doing this opened a door into
This troubling affliction
With both honesty and humor and
Without any contradiction

About how difficult it is to cope
As soon as it’s clearly known
Your mind is a bad part of town
And it has a mind of its own.

The good she did is incalculable
With her ironic culpa, mea
Which made her even braver than
She was as Princess Leia.

Shoppers Across The Country Get Involved In Store Brawls

With extraordinary bargains
In their sights
Nothing says Christmas quite
Like mall fights.


Thieves Steal $1 Million In Fur From Swanky New York Store

This attack was on Madison Avenue, which makes 
This even more scandalous ---
Police are searching for three men who are armed,
Dangerous and looking fabulous.