Monday, November 24, 2014

Thou Shalt Not Gloat


As one more Division leader loses to the Pats
All our former critics rush to offer their "Congrats!"
"Best team in the NFL," most analysts now say.
"Heck...  They beat the Lions without fielding Jonas Gray."

Sunday, with a final score of 34 to 9,
(Thanks to the improvement in the Pats' Offensive line
And a brilliant Defense that turned Golden into lead)
I'm afraid New England might let praise go to its head.

Let's not tempt the sports gods now by gloating at our win;
Gloating, just like taunting, is a major sports gods' sin.
We've still got tough games to play before we reach our goal;
One more chance for us to go and win the Super Bowl

Friday, November 21, 2014

Thumbs Up for the President

President Obama made a
If only...  (Photo/

If you were the Emperor of these United States
You could have opponents' heads served up to you on plates.
If you found the arguments they used against you dumb
You could silence critics with a downward twist of thumb.

You could make your Senators (or Congressmen) obey
If you really were the lord of all that you survey.
But, if you're a President who wants to fix a flaw
You must keep your actions in compliance with the law.

You may only act as other Presidents have done;
Setting your priorities so things are smoothly run.
Even though the lions say they'll fight you "tooth and nail"
Presidents can't let our immigration system fail.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Unsolicited Advice for Proponents of Keystone


Keystone XL pipeline didn't get the needed votes.
Tar sand oil from Canada comes down, by train to boats
In the Gulf of Mexico, for shipment overseas
Which - they say - is dangerous...  The GOP agrees.

If, in fact, that is the case than we should fix the rails;
Update infrastructure now, before the system fails.
If we really want to slow our global climate change
Building something permanent for oil transport is strange.

It won't help when fossil fuel dependence's in our past.
Let's create some other kind of jobs; the kind that last:
High speed rail or better roads - a wind or solar farm.
Let's invest in jobs without environmental harm.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Sick AND Tired


I'm so sick of Washington, D.C.; I'm not alone.
Congress is perceived as something corporations own.
Politicians advertise so voters know their name;
It takes lots of money for the "buy-in" to the game.

Those who have a stake in how a vote is gonna go
Know that politicians, for the right amount of dough,
Take the time to listen with a great amount of tact;
Granting them a say in laws that Congress will enact.

Lobbyists and politicians use revolving doors;
Picking which new bills get heard on House and Senate floors.
Leaving the majority, who cannot spare a buck,
Without any power and completely out of luck.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Welcome to 50

Triumphant! (Photo/Kate Corr Walsh)
Happy Birthday brother dearest...  Welcome to the group!
As you're new to 50, thought you'd like to know the scoop.
This, my love, is middle age; for it's official now
(Unless science finds a way to lengthen lives, somehow.)

This is when your body parts will all begin to ache;
When you cannot go too long without a bathroom break.
You'll start hearing "creaking" in your knees and hips and spine.
Do not let it bother you.  I promise, you'll be fine.

There are compensations for the pains of growing old;
You no longer have to do exactly as you're told.
You've got more authority than younger people do;
Who do very well when they are emulating you.

You're someone to be admired in so many ways...
I will not go on about it since you don't like praise.
But, you'll make a great addition to the Old Folks' team
As age gives you freedom to pursue the life you dream.

Friday, November 14, 2014

A Lousy Week Redeemed


This has been a lousy week for me - a hectic one.
Two things in its favor though; the first... It's nearly done.
It's almost the weekend, when my phone comes off the hook.
Which is great 'cause; second... Stephen King's released a book.

It came out on Tuesday and, despite so much to do,
I just started reading and I'm more than half-way through.
Only King can make 400 pages seem too short;
His Revival's excellent, I'm happy to report.

It, alone, might - almost - make the awful week I've had
Fade into the background and appear not (quite) so bad.
I have gotta hurry though; my sister wants it next.
If I haven't finished it by Monday she'll be vexed.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Poisoning the Well

Seems to me the well's been poisoned for a long time.(

Buckle up your seat-belts, folks...  We face a bumpy ride
('though it's not as if our recent trip has been a glide.)
Lame duck Congress members are preparing for a fight;
Want to make a point instead of doing what is right.

Do not poison future wells, Republicans have said;
While conceding that an Immigration bill is dead.
Even though the system's badly broken, I'm afraid,
They insist Obama break the promises he's made.

If the President does not give in to their demands
Mitch McConnell says the GOP will wash its hands
Of the next two years and let the country go to hell...
Wonder if they'll use the water from the poisoned well?