Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Hong Kong and China's National Day

Demonstrations are growing in Hong Kong. (Photo/theguardian.com). 

China's grown impatient with the island of Hong Kong
Where police gassed demonstrators who'd done nothing wrong...
In the streets to protest an abridgment of their rights;
Unaware that Beijing pulls no punches when it fights.

Hong Kong doesn't like that China's limiting their choice
In the next election; leaving half without a voice.
Demonstrators, mainly students, peaceful and polite,
Tried to make it very clear that they don't want a fight.

They just want a vote with meaning; one that's not a sham.
Candidates who'll stand for them and will not try to cram
Mainland China's policies down Hong Kong voters' throats...
Beijing doesn't like when people start demanding votes.

China's being patient - so far - hoping this will pass.
Thinking that these demonstrations will run out of gas.
If they keep on growing though, as others join the ranks,
Let's all pray that China won't, again, resort to tanks.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Patriots Are 2-2 and I Don't Feel So Good

 Tom doesn't look too good, either. (Photo/The Boston Globe)

We New England fans have gotten up and out of bed
In the grip of unfamiliar feelings - mainly dread -
That and deep depression, disbelief, and gnawing doubt
Because Kansas City beat New England in a rout.

There was nothing good about the Patriots last night
And the fans, who've grown up unaccustomed to the sight,
Couldn't understand what they were seeing on the field.
Now our heads are pounding and our stomachs have congealed.

This could be a long and painful season for the team
And for Mr. S. - who has to listen to me scream;
Mad because they're not protecting Brady - who's now old.
Throat is sore.  I'm feverish...  Perhaps it's just a cold?

Monday, September 29, 2014

Unsolicited Advice for Attorney-General Eric Holder



Want to be Attorney General?  Heard they're hiring.
Eric Holder's just announced that he's retiring.
Says he'll stay until someone's confirmed to take his place...
I think he should wait to pack his office - just in case.

I would guess it's 50/50 Congress will agree
To whatever sucker is Obama's nominee.
Some poor slob Republicans will always castigate
In pursuance of their next, pretend "Whatever-Gate."

Someone with the patience and composure of a saint
(Hearings before Congress are like watching drying paint.)
Why someone would put themselves through that I'll never get
But, if I were Holder, I would not start packing yet.

Friday, September 26, 2014

A Pink-Hat Farewell to Derek Jeter

(Photo/news.yahoo.com)

It is not my fault (this year) the Red Sox haven't won;
Wasn't due to any rhymes or taunting that I've done.
I'm not sure exactly what did happen to my team,
Making our World Series win seem like a distant dream.

We will end our season here at home against New York
And, though I'm about to sound like some pink-hatted dork,
I believe it's fitting Derek Jeter's coming here;
That it will be Fenway where he's ending his career.

He will not play shortstop but he says he'll swing the bat
And I do not blame him for it; I can tell you that.
Knocking in the winning run - a single out to right.

Twenty years in pinstripes - where he's done the Yankees proud -
His name being chanted by a happy, hometown crowd.
If it were a movie script it would be past believing...
Coming here to Fenway will remind him why he's leaving.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The UN and ISIL - Promises, Promises

President Obama addressed the UN General Assembly yesterday. (Photo/in.reuters.com)

President Obama gave a speech at the UN
(Kinda like when Daniel stepped into the lions' den)
He stood up to Russia in support of the Ukraine;
Said that Putin's actions there would cost more than they'd gain.

Mainly though, he spoke about the flailing Middle East;
Pointing out, when tensions rise, religions are the yeast.
Sunni versus Shia versus Christian versus Jew...
When you fund a sect you're funding terrorism, too.

Voting was unanimous; the Council stands opposed
To the new Islamic State (whose oil fields we've just closed.)
Countries pledged to do their part - whatever that might be.
Will they keep their solemn words? We'll have to wait and see.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Many Thanks



Thank you for the birthday wishes, everyone; you're sweet.
When I read them yesterday it made my day complete.
All those rhymes and cards and greetings... Really, I was thrilled.
Thought I oughta let you know - your wishes were fulfilled. 

I hope, when your birthday comes, that it's as good as mine.
You all must have special powers.  Weather was divine.
Mr. S. played golf with me and hired maids to clean
Because I might be the biggest slob you've ever seen.

(Didn't use your wishes on the course - or, not enough -
Since I spent most of the game in hitting from the rough.)
My clan came for dinner - and I didn't have to cook.
I got cards that made me laugh until my belly shook.

Oldest son remembered and he called me up to sing;
Youngest found the perfect card and I got everything
That you all could wish for me...  You guys ain't shooting blanks;
Wishes can be powerful.  Again all; many thanks

Monday, September 22, 2014

A Hypocritical Pats Fan



Even though it wan't pretty yesterday, we won;
Leaving my New England Patriots at 2 and 1.
Offense isn't clicking yet 'cause Brady's getting hit...
Losing Logan Mankins' talents hasn't helped a bit.

I feel bad for Edelman who always gets the ball.
Brady doesn't seem to throw to others much, at all.
'cause he's getting open when Tom's pass is being rushed,
Just like Wes before him, Edelman is getting crushed.

Gronk will catch a pass or two and Ridley gains some yards
Yet the other team keeps getting players through our guards.
Until we can slow them, Edelman is on the hook
But, once he has caught the ball, I cannot bear to look.

Football's not as fun for me because I'm now aware
Just how bad the damage they're sustaining is out there.
Knowing that these guys I like are injuring their brain
Makes it hard to cheer about some yardage that they gain.

Does this mean that I won't watch the Patriots next week?
Call me an old hypocrite without a right to speak
But I'd never miss the Pats, despite what I now know...
Will I let my own sons play the game, however? No.