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

May 21, 2011

No Strauss Waltz

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, head man at the International Monetary Fund,
at being hauled off to Rikers Island jail looked stunned.
What he may have done to deserve that fate
will only come out at a later date.

Meantime, those who saw the hand-cuffed perp-walk* and might be confused
should remember as yet he has only been accused.
When a Maid in Manhattan sees a guest naked in a room
does she walk right in brandishing her broom?

It is said that when coming out of the shower he was garmentless
but then so am I, I must confess.
Shouldn’t the sight of Strauss-Kahn in the altogether**
have made the woman turn around and run hell for leather?

Or when faced with Dominique’s knobby knees
did she stop in her tracks and immediately freeze?
Did she assume he wanted to entice her with his manly charms
and expect she’d swoon and fall right into his arms?

It is alleged that, naked, he began her to pursue.
If true, that is something he will come to rue.
Did a 62-year old man think a woman half his age he could race
and, though less than agile, could outpace?

The maid accuses him of actions nefarious
and placing her in a situation precarious.
But while everywhere we are shown his haggard dial***
before we see his accuser’s face we’ll have to wait a while.

No-one denies Dominique has an eye for this and that lady
and is said at times to have acted in a way that’s shady.
So, if really guilty of unwanted hanky panky with a maid in a hotel
few will object if he is sentenced to a long jail spell.

A hotel maid, with a thankless job,
must be wary of the rich, the powerful and this and that inebriated slob.
Still, care has to be taken to judge each case as it occurs
instead of spreading gossipmongers’ slurs.

When Dominique looks in the mirror as he shaves
he must suspect he will not cause any woman’s raves.
Or is his a distorting mirror so that what he sees reflected in it
is someone who looks like George Clooney or Brad Pitt?

The maid’s lawyer says she felt so traumatized
that to press charges she was advised.
She claims what DSK tried to do to impress her
included making every effort to undress her.

The cops when called laid on him the blame
for trying to do a bunk, or so they claim.
One thing, however, must be observed:
he had a plane ticket that had been reserved.

For someone trying the coup to fly****
Strauss-Kahn seems to have been less than sly.
Before he got to the airport’s starting gate
he phoned the hotel to tell them where they him could locate.

The thing about this sorry story that would fill me with dismay
is if the IMF did indeed for one night’s lodging $3,000 pay.
At that price it’s no wonder if a pampered guest should think it’s all right
to take advantage of anything in sight.

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I would advise Dominique in future to use his antenna
and attract the ladies with a Strauss waltz from Vienna.

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*Perp-walk In New York, and elsewhere in the U.S., police parade an arrested suspect(the perpetrator) in handcuffs in front of the media, giving the impression that the accused has been found guilty before being charged.
** in the altogether - naked
*** dial – face.
**** fly the coop – run away

May 16, 2011

But Where’s the Proof?

Who among us could have thought
Osama Bin Laden would finally be caught?
Ten years ago George W. Bush stood up and said
he would get him alive or dead.

Although he made clear he was an Osama hater
George is not an outstanding communicator.
When years had passed and a journalist reminded him of his solemn vow
to his interrogator he exclaimed: “Holy cow!”

He told the reporter he shouldn’t believe everything he read
as he asked “How the heck could I catch him if I was dead?”
Now his successor has dumped a body in the sea
leaving many to wonder whose it might be.

Photos are not to be shown of a man shot in the face
so that his identity no-one can trace.
It would be too upsetting the Americans say
to people who remember pictures of the massacre at My Lai.

It took U.S. Intelligence all those years to run him to ground
although it seems since 2008 it’s been known where he could be found.
To be able to brag he´s the one who accomplished a mission
has been Obama´s overriding ambition.

While most would agree Osama was not a nice guy
it does not stop many from asking why
they could not have taken him alive since, as he was unarmed,
not one of the invading Navy Seals would have been harmed.

Instead Obama acted as accuser, judge and jury
causing many international legal minds to react with fury.
They say he is setting a dangerous example
by claiming on the rule of law he can trample.

It should give all thinking people the chills
if he is setting a precedent for targeted kills.
Can heads of state, to impose their version of extraordinary rendition,
now enter a country without permission?

If they see a threat, whether imagined or real,
and decide the alleged culprit must be brought to heel,
will they be allowed the presumed danger to thwart
without bringing the accused before any kind of court?

Still, for Obama who is facing an election next year
it can only be cause for a celebratory cheer
that he has put one over on his Republican foes
as they find themselves in the midst of one of Cheney's throes.

May 8, 2011

Listen to the Poet

As Obama promises a U.S. withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan
he is now jumping into the Libya frying pan.
To save innocent civilians he gives as the cause of the attack
as he takes one step forward and two steps back.

Sixty-six years after World War II ended
is there anyone who would not think it splendid
if from Germany and Japan the U.S. would bring troops home,
not forgetting those still stationed in Rome?

Sarkozy and Cameron are both chomping at the bit
still angry at how in Suez both their countries were hit.
They were sure the people who pyramids could build
to operate a canal were not that skilled.

Merkel doesn’t want her people in North Africa to be pained
as she remembers it was there Rommel was El Alameined.
Berlusconi is delighted to join in the fray
hoping to postpone his “Ruby” and other trials to another day.

The U.S. now is so deep in debt
about entering another conflict Obama should fret.
The baloney about the country’s destiny manifest
should finally be put to rest.

Meantime it would be wise if he took note
of what poet and philosopher Ogden Nash wrote:
“The nation bankrupt by a war
thinks to recoup with just one more”.

May 7, 2011

The Last Trump

What can we make of Donald Trump
whose name it seems was originally Drumpf?
Was the name change done according to Goren?
If not, can we assume that Donald is foreign?

If he’s serious about wanting to be America’s President
he will first have to show he’s a natural born resident.
If he really hopes to run the nation
he must prove he is not German or Croation.

Are the alarming signs of his brain being stewed
due to all the venom he has spewed?
Couldn’t any one of his many hacks
have advised him not to say he loves “the Blacks”?

Yet he claims no-one who is not lily white
to enter Harvard has the right.
A student should only be admitted with the palest face
but he denies it has anything to do with race.

When he brags he did “good” at his best school
it only makes him seem more of a fool.
If that was what they taught the school was not the best,
even if to go there he had to be well dressed.

He should have said that he did “well”
but then telling lies will only lead to hell.
When they graduated him as Class Clown
it’s a pity they didn’t tell him to get rid of the frown.

He hates the Chinese with all his might
and wishes they all would fade from sight.
Is it because the descendents of Ming
only know him as the bankruptcy king?

Is it a Donald aberration
to think as President he could invade that nation?
Meanwhile, shouldn’t he be made to show proof of his birth
to those who believe he sprang from Middle Earth?

It’s obvious Donald is well past his sell-by date
and he’d be wise to get off the screen before it’s too late.
Maybe someone on his show when he yells “You’re fired”
will have to guts to shout “And you, Donald, are expired”.