Thursday, July 23, 2015

Signifying Something

This week
our nation's astronomers
have decided to overachieve

by discovering  Kepler-452b

which they believe
is a remarkably Earth-like planet
orbiting a distant Sun-like star

in the constellation Cygnus.

Meanwhile Obama
is planning a trip to Kenya

and Trump visited
the Mexican border

still quite confident
that he'll "win the Hispanic vote"

(which to be fair

Hispanic is a broad demographic category
on the Census

full of folks
that Trump didn't directly insult)

and threatened to start campaigning
on an independent ticket

but saying he hoped to stay
with the Republicans.

Either way

he'll have an unusually
Rachel Maddow-sounding
Rick Perry

to contend with
at least for right now

who says

"He offers a barking carnival act
that can be best described

as Trumpism"

which is "a toxic mix of demagoguery
mean-spiritedness and nonsense

that will lead the Republican Party
to perdition if pursued."

How these events'
players and places

collide and collude

will be a worthy exercise

for both Fox News
and poets alike

to contend with
in the near future.

This poem © 2015 Emily Cooper.