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

December 31, 2009

In The Merry Month of May 18,000 Mexicans Make Hay*

 8 May 2007

I could hardly believe when I was told
that many thousands of Mexicans would be so bold
as to appear in the huge Cathedral square
bereft of both outer and underwear.

But I found it was true, to my great surprise,
and I witnessed the scene with my very own eyes.
Assembled in their original birthday suits
as well as clothes, they had cast off shoes and boots.

Dancing With the Stars

26 August 2009

For years we have seen actors, models, and this and that sports hero,
some with dancing talents close to zero,
join with professionals who teach them steps both slow and quick
and how to do a neat high kick.

A few have earned admiring applause
while others produced amused guffaws.
Some feeble attempts made us dread
when we saw a victim stumble and fall on his or her head.

How To Win When You Lose

A long time ago, when first looking for work,
I found a good job in a bank as a clerk.
If I did well, I was told, and willing to learn
at the end of the year a reward I would earn.

I made my best effort, worked hard, learned to do the job fast
and to leave at the end of the day I was one of the last.
My diligence was indeed rewarded I am happy to say
with an end-of-year bonus of two weeks’ extra pay.

It All Depends on How You Look At It, or Dr. Jungstein Sees The Light

31 December 2009

The terrorist attacks, or attempted attacks, could be prevented if the Intelligence Agencies changed their
recruitment practices.

Young Peter was a very good boy,
never refusing when asked to share a toy.
He enjoyed the days spent at his school
and was never known to disobey a rule.

His parents of him were justly proud,
and were quick to praise him clear and loud.
They felt with him they were truly blessed
as he was prepared at all times to do his best.

December 30, 2009

Masters No More? or, What Would Karl Make of It?

Of the Universe each one was a Master
and scorned the few who hinted at approaching disaster.
The market they considered their very own toy
dismissive of what happened to Sherman McCoy.

So we watched as Wall Street went right on sinking
and wondered just what George W. was thinking.
It was he who led the call for multi-millionaires to pay less tax
and for regulators to get off their backs.

‘Tis Folly To Be Wise,* or The Best Way to Leave a Sinking Ship

30 December 2009

The foolishness of wisdom the poet proclaimed
and for saying so by many was acclaimed.
While at first it was hard to understand why
when I finally got it, all I could do was cry.

When young, the Sea of Arithmetic I could never navigate,
and always foundered when asked to calculate.
When I had to do even the easiest sums
I was forced to use my fingers and my thumbs.

December 2, 2009

The Revenge of the Stepford Wives

When Eliot Spitzer was forced on tv to own up to his disgrace
can anyone forget wife Silda’s stricken face?
John Edwards, when caught out in his affair
about ailing wife Elizabeth seemed not to care.

We all know that Newt Gingrich’s marital story
is not one that covers him in glory.
Has it not always seemed quite absurd
that from their long-suffering spouses never heard is a word?

November 30, 2009

Hell Hath No Fury -- Like a Viking Scorned

Was Tiger perhaps trying to take flight
when he jumped into his car in the middle of the night?
How else to explain his behaviour manic
as he stepped on the gas in a state of panic.

Did he think he was hitting the tee
when he bashed his car into a tree?
Was he trying to practice a putting shot
when he walloped an immovable water spigot?

September 18, 2009

My book plain speaking

A satire that delves into many aspects of the political arena. When it became clear that President George W. Bush was intent on invading Iraq, and he found a close chum and obedient ally in Britain's former Prime Minister Tony Blair, what struck the author was the incongruity of their relationship.

August 13, 2009

Health Care, Lies, More Lies and Going Ballistic

When Hillary Clinton tried to improve U.S. health care
no-one had told her she should be aware
of the vested interests that every dirty trick would employ
as they set out the President’s proposal to destroy.

Obama insists that universal health care indeed is needed
and was sure he could prevail where she had not succeeded.
Those who opposed his program their forces began to assemble
and drew up plans designed to make the White House tremble.