Thursday, January 15, 2009

A Poem for the Occasion

With the Inauguration five days away, I thought I might add a word or two of caution.

________________

Barack Obama
will not stem the

growth of
Walmart SuperCenters.

Barack Obama
will not abolish

Top 40 radio
as we know it.

Barack Obama
will not build
a co-op within

walking distance
of every residence.

Barack Obama
will not force

everyone to drive
a Prius.

Barack Obama
will not send out

a coupon for
one free vegan smoothie
to every American

made, of course,
out of actual vegans

(and only free range ones
at that).

Barack Obama
will not build bike lanes

or sustainable eco-friendly
hiking trails
in remote parts of Montana.

Barack Obama
will not pass important legislation

in thirty minutes or less
or your order's free.

Barack Obama
will not show up at your

well-meaning,
important-sounding

protest rally
that accomplishes
absolutely nothing.

Barack Obama
cares nothing for
trendy Thai restaurants

or overpriced soap.

Barack Obama
appreciates your interest

but makes a point of
friending anyone on Facebook

so don't feel special.

Barack Obama
is not Santa Claus
Jesus Christ

and Moses wrapped
into one.

4 comments:

Utah Savage said...

Very nicely done. I love the vegan smoothie idea. Free range at that.

I've been working on my novel trying to get it ready for a contest.
Sorry for my absence. Soon I will come and read backwards to catch up.

Lisa said...

That's great, Kevin. Really funny and really cutting. I love it.

Mauigirl said...

Brilliant. And true. He won't be all things to all people and as a result no one will be completely satisfied!

Fallen Angel said...

Chances are, he won't even satisfy himself. This presidency is all about hope. If any of that hope manifests into reality, it will stun me. But this country has always been guided by the mood of its people. Maybe he can put us in a good mood, if all his good ole boy friends don't step on his toes.