I have written, and write, verses on different subjects,including politics. Some are satiric and some, I hope, amusing. Feel free to comment.

July 24, 2008

Speaking In Tongues

All those who in the U.S. would reside
to learn the language they must decide.
They have to be able to use the lingo
and try to sound like a native Gringo.

To avoid the risk of being perplexed
they must learn to read a simple text.
The test will not be too demanding
just enough to avoid misunderstanding.

July 23, 2008

Love's Labour Lost

To head the World Bank Bush named his crony Wolfowitz
who promised he would wage a blitz
against corruption and anything resembling sleaze
and on any wrong doers put the squeeze.

He blustered onto the World Bank podium
dismissive of the audience’s odium.
Though his appointment was greeted with widespread gloom
he swore he would sweep with a strong new broom.

July 14, 2008

Going Round in Circles

If you ever try to understand a mathematician’s mind
you may well be astonished at what you might find.
They are always looking for things invisible
and trying to split what is indivisible.

July 9, 2008

A Mathematician Believes in Cod

A mathematician of wide renown
tossed aside his cap and gown
and turned his attention to studying bacalao,
which I am told is a most delectable chow.

June 27, 2008

George W. Lays It Bare, or Will the President Make Amends?

Why can't the Americans, who claim to speak English, understand that "the people" refers to the population as a collective, i.e. they have a right to organize a militia to defend themselves. The second amendment does not give individuals the right to blast away at everything in sight. I wrote the following last December, six months before the Supreme Court says they do have that right.

George W. Lays It Bare,
or Will the President Make Amends?

June 26, 2008

L´Etat c’est Moi or I Yam What I Yam (with apologies to Popeye)

When they cannot cure the presidential ailment
that is leading the country to a fast derailment,
it takes no great brain for one to guess
that U.S. health care is in a mess

June 24, 2008

George Bush's New Crusade or The Southern Border Palisade

The whole world heard the clarion call
“Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”
Thus did Ronald Reagan thunder
and demand the barrier be torn asunder.

Now President Bush, that is George W.,
promulgates a different view.
They need, he says, a fence that’s thick
and they’ve got to build it mighty quick.

June 23, 2008

How Not to Become lord of the Singhs, or A Tribute to British Cuisine

In Britain those who "come to the aid of the party" with large contributions often, quite coincidentally of course, find that they appear on the Queen's Honours List, which explains the following:

How Not to Become Lord of the Singhs,
or A Tribute to British Cuisine

Sardar Singh*, a cheerful bloke
of British food found much to joke.
Salads bereft of any dressing
and Yorkshire pudding that left him guessing.

Toad-in-the-hole gave him a scare,
and to taste a haggis** he’d never dare.
When faced with a plate of leathery meat
he would always beat a fast retreat

June 21, 2008

Alan Shrugged, or A Farewell to Federal Reserve Chairman Greenspan

I know nothing about economics or monetary policy which may explain why I could never understand why Alan Greenspan was so revered. I wrote this when he left the post.

Alan Shrugged, or A Farewell to
Federal Reserve Chairman Greenspan

How we hung upon his every word,
to doubt him would have seemed absurd.
It was Greenspan who always knew the score,
he admonished us that less was more.

He taught a lesson that we all had learned,
a penny saved is a penny earned.
To surpluses he was enthralled
while deficits left him appalled.

June 20, 2008

In Brazil Write Whatever You Like, With One Exception

When, a few years ago, a New York Times correspondent in Brazil wrote that President Luiz Inácio Lula likes a drink or two (on his frequent foreign trips he was always photographed with a glass in his hand), he was threatened with expulsion from the country. I suggested then that foreign reporters there should bear in mind the following.

In Brazil Write Anything You Like,
With One Exception.

June 17, 2008

And Pigs Will Fly

As the global warming drums are beating
and temperatures go right on heating
not all are scared of climate change
or even weather they admit is strange.

In England, in counties near to France,
wine growers are preparing to seize the chance
to compete with the very best Bordeaux,
perhaps even from a famed chateau.

June 16, 2008

Tony Blair Does God

Am I the only one to have noticed the halo that is forming around Tony Blair's head?

Tony Blair has confessed that, before he decided Iraq to invade,
he got down on his knees and fervently prayed.
The answer to his prayer he kept close to his chest,
but he led us to believe his Crusade had been blessed.