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Friday, January 22, 2021

Season Finale and First Day at a New Job

Being a "polite Canadian," I should write one poem for each of these two Presidents, one dragged kicking out and the other sworn in.

Season Finale written for Trump fans

waving again
as he boards Marine One
at the White House ...
one security guard
side-glances at another 

"we will be back
in some form," a twist
to his mouth ...
gas bubbles oozing
from the Florida swamp

FYI: In the three weeks before the 2016 election, Donald Trump tweeted "Drain the swamp" 79 times, usually as a hashtag, and he tweeted the word "swamp" another 75 times in the four years following that election. And most importantly... and shamelessly, he revoked his administration’s ethics pledge banning political appointees from lobbying their former colleagues in a late-night executive order issued in the final hours of his presidency (Justin Sink, Bloomberg, Jan. 20)

First Day at a New Job for "Awakening Joe" 

new Oval Office
a bronze bust of César Chávez
overlooks photos

masked President
behind the Resolute Desk
piles of papers

new cases spike
one million arms ready
in winter light

FYI:  Biden Covid plan pledges 100 million vaccine shots in 100 days.