Sunday, November 29, 2015

Fight the Powers That Be Just

The Pope is in
the Central African Republic

as part of a six-day
tour of Africa

praising “the wisdom found
in poor neighborhoods”

lack of clean water
in a slum

and calling for peace

after having been to Kenya
on Thanksgiving

to warn of the catastrophe
bore largely by the poor
in Africa and beyond

that will result
if special interests

choose to hijack the climate change
summit in Paris

where President Obama
will negotiate with more than 120 world leaders

to create an historic agreement
on limiting
greenhouse gas pollution.

Meanwhile Donald Trump
now owns the rights

to Twisted Sister's
“We’re Not Gonna Take It”.

This poem © 2015 Emily Cooper.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Doing Thanks

Starting but not ending
with today

may Thanksgiving
be a verb again
in the USA.

This poem © 2015 Emily Cooper.

Monday, November 23, 2015

American Dream Prelude

There's still no sign of Kanye

but Bernie Sanders
and Killer Mike
(also an aspiring politician)

were today seen eating together

at the soul food restaurant
Busy Bee in Atlanta.

They discussed family
the failings of the media
and Noam Chomsky
over chicken

before the Run the Jewels member
repped for Sanders

at a rally
to 5,000 people
at an overfilled Fox Theatre.

“It was just a conversation
between two angry radical guys

one 74 and white
one 40 and black
finding common ground"

said Mike

while Sanders noted
he's "quite a rapper."

This poem © 2015 Emily Cooper.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Sub-Standard and Poor

In the light
of global crisis

Donald Trump
exuded sensitivity and reason

when asked
during a campaign stop
in Newton Iowa

if as president
he would create
a national database

of Muslim citizens
in order to track them.

"I would certainly implement that.

then continued

“There should be a lot of systems
beyond databases."

He later Tweeted
that a reporter

and not he
had brought up the idea

and told CNN
"I never responded to that question."

Though some might argue
it was a "leading question"

it was only such
in that Trump followed it
where he wanted it to go.

(Speaking of that

the database
would look great

as a scrolling marquee
on the border wall.)

This poem © 2015 Emily Cooper.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Shooting Stars and Crescents

It's a good thing

that outer space is too big
to be partisan.

Otherwise Republicans

would find a way
to make the Leonid meteor shower

invisible to anyone
who thinks

that perhaps many-times-vetted
Syrian refugees
are not terrorists

and are looking
to escape violence
rather than create it.

(Then again
you can never guess

what mayhem
those five-year-old orphans
will get into next.)

This poem © 2015 Emily Cooper.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Scared but Standing

We'll always have Paris
because Paris is us.

No matter where we are

or who "they" are

equality and brotherhood

are our strength and defense.

This poem © 2015 Emily Cooper.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Devil with the Red Cup On

Jesus did not die
for the sins of humanity

but rather for the cinnamon
in their Pumpkin Spice Lattes

from the already LGBT-friendly
and perhaps-personally-contradictory Starbucks

who has shown utter disrespect
for the events

of the holy child's birth
and later sacrifice and rebirth

by replacing the symbols

like tree ornaments
and snowflakes

with a simple design
featuring two shades of red.

At least Pope Francis

may approve the use
of the now-secular cups
for Catholics in communion

given the all-encompassing
blood of Christ motif

that allows believers
to reflect on the true meaning
of the season

which is sharing your coffee drinks
with your needy neighbors

(yet another reason
he's considered so progressive).

This poem © 2015 Emily Cooper.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Trump Roast

The frequently silent
audience reaction

to Donald Trump's appearance
on Saturday Night Live

seems to put the lie

to the common supposition
that a Trump presidency

would be disastrous
yet at least entertaining.

This poem © 2015 Emily Cooper.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Rapped Attention

Never mind
the whole neurosurgery thing

and the "rising from poverty
in Detroit
to graduate from Yale" shtick

Ben Carson

has released a minute-long radio ad

with hopes of enticing
the young black vote

in Birmingham, Memphis,
Jackson, Atlanta

Little Rock,
and Houston
with "Christian Republican rapper"

called "Aspiring Mogul"

(who on his Twitter page
has a profile picture
of himself in a Where's Waldo shirt

and leaning against a wall
with a poster of Ben Carson

and coolly
looking very much
away from it)

showing off his own
rap lyrics

in between out-of-meter snippets
from Carson's stump speeches
who waxes prosaic about personal responsibility
and picking up the baton of freedom.

"Vote and support Ben Carson
for our next president
and be awesome"

he raps

and closes with

"If we want to get America
back on track

we got to vote for Ben Carson
matter of fact."

The beat is actually pretty good

and it was nice
of Carson's campaign

to support such a small-time talent
with an unspecified amount

of the $150,000 ad purchase

and yet the near-mogul
contradicts his own philosophy

as expressed
in a blog post
from May of 2013

about President Obama's election

"Politics is not based on popularity
or how cool someone is."


If such is the case
he should've just played up

Carson's vegetarianism
and his college scholarship fund.

This poem © 2015 Emily Cooper.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Make America Debate Again

Nothing says

"Rest assured

that I will be prepared

to deal swiftly yet thoughtfully
with any and all eventualities

during my presidency"

like negotiating directly
with television executives

about the format and content
of the Republican primary debates.

Donald Trump says
that he will reject

a joint letter
to the networks

drafted just hours before
by operatives
from his and 11 other campaigns

and led by longtime GOP attorney
Ben Ginsberg.

Some of those mutual agreements

include opening statements
of at least 30 seconds

the pre-approval of graphics
containing bibliographic information

and the elimination
of lightning-round-style questions

which candidates believe
could lead to embarrassing "gotcha" moments

(not that Trump
ever says anything embarrassing).

The letter also includes a request

that the moderators
will focus on substantive issues

rather than pitting candidates
against one another

(not that Trump
ever goes off-message

and lets slip
a petty and demeaning word
to a fellow Republican).

Yet regardless

of the structure and style
and whether or not

he skews the debate
for or against his favor

this is Trump's reality
and his reality show

and it is only everyone else
who notices

that "Make America Great Again"

in a certain light
implies that Trump
doesn't think much

of the 320 million people
who currently "make America great"

and are not
currently running
as Donald Trump for President.

This poem © 2015 Emily Cooper.