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.


There is a question that one must ask.
Will all be forced to meet this task?
Might not some of the native born and bred
be obliged their privileged state to shed?

What will happen to their proud WASP President
whose language disqualifies him as a resident?
Will he be accused of criminal offences
for what he does to English tenses?

When charged will he try to cop a plea
and thus hope to avoid the third degree?
He complains that they him “misunderestimate”
and swears he’s learning to conjugate.

He reminds us that he was at Yale
and of their remedial classes he can avail.
Because, he says, “this is historic times”
we should not be so concerned with rhymes.

He brags he’s “a master of low expectations”
and is sure he’ll be forgiven his idiomatic aberrations.
He may even avoid a deportation
and continue to confound a befuddled nation.

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