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

December 20, 2012

Gadgets, New and Old


When asked if I have the latest “i”.
“I already have two” I am tempted to reply.
But I am careful the question not to trivialize
because I know people are very serious about their “i’s”,

To buy the latest gadgets I am not prone
so I have no iPod, iPad or even iPhone.
Sad to say I now an old friend must avoid
because he insists what I need is an android.

November 16, 2012

Stars Get in Their Eyes

Are American Generals in Afghanistan who have four stars
spending too much time in speakeasy Kabul bars?
Sent to that country their country to serve
they soon from the straight and narrow swerve.

As we contemplate the Mid-East slaughter
one must ask what they are imbibing with their mineral water.
Loose-lipped Stanley McChrystal was the first to take flight
when he just could not keep his mouth shut tight.

October 30, 2012

Newton Did Not Make the Apple Fall


Apple produced its iPad4 a few months after its iPad3.
Far too short a time it seems, and not only to me.
They also launched their iPhone5
when their iPhone4 didn’t long survive.

If they brag about the qualities of their latest oeuvre
why so quick to say it will no longer serve?
Has it not yet on their customers dawned
that they are being craftily conned?

October 25, 2012

Third presidential debate 2012

The third debate, monitored by grandfatherly Bob Schieffer,
was expected to show how the candidates differ.
That, however, was not the case
as Obama and Romney sat down face to face.

They started by talking about the Middle East
where they believe U.S. authority should be increased.
There was little dispute about how this could be attained
as Romney claimed with more gunboats their goal would be gained.

October 18, 2012

Second Presidential Debate


How would Obama the next challenge tackle
after the first presidential debate debacle?
He then gave the impression of wishing he was not there
leaving Romney to argue with Clint Eastwood’s empty chair.

This time there appeared a totally different Barack
eager to refute any Romney attack.
A feisty guy, ready for the clash
determined his opponent’s arguments to thrash.

October 15, 2012

Biden-Ryan Debate

Never have so many looked forward to a debate,
as to see the Vice-President and his opponent they could hardly wait.
They hoped the V.P. would whip up a storm
unlike Obama’s performance subdued and lukewarm.

Joe Biden appeared looking heart-warmingly avuncular
to face a Paul Ryan resembling T.S. Eliot’s young man carbuncular.*
Did he think it was some kind of medical quirk
that Paul’s face was set in a permanent smirk?

October 10, 2012

To Belie, or not to Belie, That is the Question


The first presidential debate is now history
with an outcome the talking heads call a mystery.
How could Romney, who about details is never specific,
perform in a manner they acclaim as terrific?

Obama was said to have been off his pace,
but who wouldn’t be when forced to look at his opponent’s face?
It would cause any debater to suffer from depression
when confronted with a visage that never changes expression.

October 1, 2012

Barack Obama’s Point of View


At the U.N. in New York world leaders gather
to engage in what critics describe as multi-lingual blather.
Some had hoped with the U.S. President to have private conversations
to discuss what is happening in war-torn nations.

Libya, Syria, the Middle East, an ambassador shot,
and this and that real or imagined terrorist plot.
Why poor women gathering firewood to pieces are blown
by a U.S. invention known as a drone.

September 24, 2012

Who Upset the Apple Cart?

Can there be any more unappetizing sight
than an apple out of which someone has taken a bite?
Yet multitudes camped out for days on end
anxious on such an apple their cash to spend.

When the iPhone number 4 appeared
lucky buyers applauded and cheered.
But on their enthusiasm soon was put a blight
when the screen kept disappearing out of sight.

September 17, 2012

The Empire Strikes Back

Today in Britain nobody minds the clouds
as the streets are filled with cheering crowds.
David Cameron’s cup runneth over
and he’s walking on a field of clover.

The country’s economic problems are put aside
and his promised benefit cuts not yet applied.
Health service complaints the P.M. ignores
as he continues to pore over every U.K. citizen’s Olympics scores.

September 3, 2012

Welcome to Cloud Cuckoo Land

Anyone trying to describe the cloud cuckoo land our political leaders inhabit
risks falling down the same hole as Alice’s rabbit.
It is a place where everything is so askew
one wonders if they are imbibing their very own brew.

Because voters must make an effort to understand
what happens in that godforsaken land,
let us take as an example the Republican presidential convention
that attracted the whole world’s bemused attention.

August 21, 2012

A Center for Disease Control Case

No-one who listens to them can be in any doubt
that Romney and side-kick Ryan suffer from foot-in-mouth.
It’s now obvious among the Republican ranks the disease is spreading fast
as Todd Akin’s comment hit us like an Arctic blast.

He wants the whole abortion discussion to reshape
by presenting himself as an authority on rape.
A victim, he assures us, who is suffering a sexual assault,
to the flow of unwelcome sperm can put a halt.

August 13, 2012

Romney’s V.P. – An Echo of His Master’s Voice

No more speculation about who it will be
now that Romney has finally named his presidential V.P.
The noise heard was a collective groan
when Mitt announced in choosing Paul Ryan he had picked a clone.

When Paul agrees with Mitt that money given to the wealthy to the poor trickles down
does he know he’s quoting a phrase coined by a clown?
Humorist Will Rogers used the expression
to try to raise the people’s spirits during the Depression.

August 5, 2012

Romney: An Incurable Case of Foot-in-Mouth


Republican candidate Romney drew up a travel trip
to prove on world affairs he has a grip.
To show he can be presidential
and persuade voters he has a foreign policy credential.

If Mitt believes about what happens abroad U.S. voters care a bag of beans
he should go and tell that to the marines.
Their concerns are about events in the U.S. of A.
so they question why he chose to go away.

July 19, 2012

Hillary Keeps on Flying

Secretary of State Clinton is always on the go
but exactly why no-one seems to know.
When she sees a nation on a map a trip cannot be resisted
and she’s been to some few even knew existed.

Because she did not want to be left at the gate
she had to beat Secretary Albright’s total of 98.
She is now up to number one hundred and two
And members of her exhausted entourage are threatening to sue.

July 18, 2012

Oh, Silvio, Silvio, wherefore art thou Silvio? (Apologies to W. Shakespeare)

Many Italians against Berlusconi vented their spleen
when they thought for good he had left the scene.
But their confidence was soon shaken
on discovering they were mistaken.

Despite those who think he should be in prison
Berlusconi like a phoenix from the ashes has arisen.
Italy’s most infamous resident
has announced he wants to be its president.

July 14, 2012

An Ignoramus’s View of the Higgs Boson


The news is out for which the world waited
with what can only be described as breath that was bated.
Smart physicists claim to have discovered something named after a Mr. Higgs,
although skeptics say what they might have seen were flying pigs.

Some, when they heard what the geniuses thought they saw
were astonished that it had caused such awe.
They could not understand why a ship’s bosun named Higgs
should be better than others at climbing rigs.

May 8, 2012

Goodbye Sarko


The election is over with the result as expected
as Nicolas Sarkozy is by the voters rejected.
He must put on his best face so they will not see him grieve
when the Elysée Palace he is told he must leave.

About why he was dumped there will be much debate
with many opinions expressed about his sad fate.
Was it the countless promises made and not kept
that made electors decide he was simply inept?

April 11, 2012

Beware the Curse of Inca Gold

Loud shouts of excited “Eurekas”
were heard from a group of U.S. treasure seekers
when into the sea off Portugal they made repeated jumps
in the hopes that they would come up trumps.

They discovered 17 tons of coins of silver and gold
stashed in the wreck of a sunken Spanish galleon’s hold.
The finders decided to Florida their haul remove
confident their lives would soon improve.

March 31, 2012

The Birthers Strike Again

The Birthers are once again attacking
and this time it’s against Romney they are cracking.
They say it was not in the U.S.A. he saw the light of day
but in another country not far away.

They claim he was smuggled into the land
in a plot that was very carefully planned.
The babe was brought in when fast asleep
in an orange box tied to the top of the family Jeep.

March 29, 2012

Now I'm a Believer

Up to now in miracles I’ve found it hard to believe
that are meant the gullible to deceive.
Tales of a chap who did not survive,
who was buried when dead, but then again was alive.

Could that have been the work of the same ethereal spirit divine
who is also responsible for intelligent design?
But now comes news of a miracle I thought was a jest
about a ticker being was in Dick Cheney’s chest.

March 5, 2012

Fools Rush In


I think poor Rush Limbaugh should be pitied rather than berated because he went berserk and attacked law student Sandra Fluke when she dared to appear before a U.S. House of Representatives committee and say contraception should be covered by medical insurance. 


It can hardly be considered news
when Rush Limbaugh his venom spews
and the airwaves he continues to foul
while happy that listeners cannot see his wobbly jowl.

But now he seems to have gone too far
even for a radio talk show tsar.
His vicious attack on Sandra Fluke
confirms his reputation as a malicious kook.

January 31, 2012

Newt’s Moonatic Madness


When Newt Gingrich mounts the stage with his duck-like waddle
T.V. viewers are on edge to hear his latest twaddle. 
At his last appearance they wondered what liquid refreshment he had imbibed
before his planned moon colony he described.

Although to the sane members of his audience he appeared to be delirious
he sounded as if he really was serious.
About his delusions there’s no room for debate
when he says with 13,000 inhabitants the moon  could become  a U.S. state.

January 1, 2012

The Republican Reality Show

I must confess i could hardly wait
to witness every Republican presidential debate
On my best behaviour and trying not to cry
I listened to the candidates tell lie after lie.

Michele Bachmann says scientists who had the Nobel Prize
their belief in intelligent design do not disguise.
When asked to tell us what they are called
she says those doubting her should be black-balled.