Thursday, February 27, 2014

People of Good Faith

Today President Obama
announced an initiative
called My Brother's Keeper

to bring attention
to the deeply-rooted plights
facing America's young black men.

He deplored
the country's "numbness".

"It doesn't take much"
he said

"but it takes more
than we are doing now."

Among the attendees
was Bill O'Reilly

who will probably
dig up from his words

an intention
Obama never even
realized he had

but for now
for the sake of sanity

this poet will grant him
a shred of decency.

This poem © 2014 Emily Cooper.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Arizona is A.Z.

(Sung by the Arizona Republicans for SB 1062)

where your business
is free to shun
the gays

Yes queers wavin' green
it sure smells keen

but trust us
they'll pay more
in Hell someday

this may not
be our song
but that's okay


This poem © 2014 Emily Cooper.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Peer Review

Piers Morgan.

Honestly this poet
did not watch
your eponymous show

but has the feeling
that meeting you
would be like meeting
a special friend

one with admirable energy
and similar views
on many hot-button issues

but yet is often
(and tragically so)

insufferable to be around.

This poem © 2014 Emily Cooper.

Friday, February 21, 2014


The 13-year-old Girl Scout
Danielle Lei
and her mama

sold 117 boxes
of their signature cookies

outside the Green Cross
medical marijuana clinic
in San Francisco
on Monday.

The Girl Scout Association
of America
is great and all

but do they realize

just how cool
that leaf would look
on a round merit badge?

This poem © 2014 Emily Cooper.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

When Problems Come Along

Guitarist Bob Casale
member of
the original Devo

has died.

The name Devo
was derived
from the word "devolution".

In 2010 he said
(of the year 1980)

"De-evolution happened
and now everybody agrees.

They don't think
we're crazy.

They know that it was true."

Yet this poet keeps hope
that one day
we as a people

will successfully whip "it"
into shape.

It's not too late?

This poem © 2014 Emily Cooper.

Monday, February 17, 2014


With only
six days remaining
in the Sochi 2014
Winter Olympics

Putin has so far
done an impeccable job
in keeping things
completely heterosexual.

From girl duo t.A.T.u.
who in 2002
released a video

of themselves
ceremonially lip-locking
for the Fatherland

to the dozens of men
who spent years of their lives
devoting themselves

to the patriotic arts
of twirling ribbons

and painstakingly practicing
coordinated dance moves
all for the privilege
of someday

levitating a 3D hybrid
Alice in Wonderland-rabbit-hole-
and Santa's workshop-
stylized version
of their beloved Mother.

And what of the male
figure skaters
who cut patterns into ice
(with real sharp blades
this poet might add).

you're doing
a heck of a job.

This poem © 2014 Emily Cooper.

Saturday, February 15, 2014


Hey all
that Ellen Page is gay?
It's true.

In the movie
that quip-for-every-situation
premature preggo said

"I never realized how much
I loved being home

unless I'd been
somewhere really different
for a while."

Paulie Bleeker says
"I always think
you're cute.
I think
you're beautiful."

"Does this change
the movie at all?"

This poem © 2014 Emily Cooper.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

This Is Just To Say

(A poem by Chris James Christie)

I have fired
the top aides
that caused traffic problems in
Fort Lee

and which
you probably realized I was
for years

Forgive me
they were amenable
so calculating
and so connected

This poem © 2014 Emily Cooper.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Trekking Halls

America's favorite
human rights activist

and culturally-sensitive
ambassador to Ghana

Shirley Temple Black
has died.

In 1975
she said she felt political dialogue
was dominated
by the world's superpowers

that "there weren't
enough countries
talking to the developing countries."

And so
nearly 40 years later
with this still

fact of foreign policy

this poet
nominates Miley Cyrus
for the post
(any country really)

in a symbolic gesture
showing our country
can in fact

let go of the troublesome past
by turning in
one of our own

to the annals of
"Didn't that girl
used to do
something else?"

"How should I know?

This poem © 2014 Emily Cooper.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Moral March

We were many people
waving many banners

marching together
under whatever
we call God

Race gender class
preference for love

(certain folks
dared call us "fringe")

all feeling a sense of resolve
on a cloudy February day

"Forward together
not one step back."

We walked and stood
and were led
by black justice traditions

hearing stories
(from the aforementioned fringe)

of solidarity
and too many
real-life scars.

"It's mighty low"
to use power
to take away

yet Rev. William J. Barber
made sure
not to indict.

"It is not
Democrat versus Republican

It is not 
liberal versus conservative

It is
right versus wrong."

Then he sang the refrain
of "higher ground"
over and over

till we felt the mass
of ourselves

pushing upwards.

This poem © 2014 Emily Cooper.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

If I Was Your Congressman

(Sung by Clay Aiken)

What ya doin' tonight
Are you just beating
your head on the wall?

Like you're really alone
Rich men stealing your dreams

Why can't I bring
you into my life?

'Cause I've got
what it takes
to make those
dreams come alive

If I was your congressman
Then I could meet
in every voter's room
If it's me
in congress man
I'd make everything fine tonight

If resolve was unshakable
then I could just
tell you where I stand

I would share my smartest plans
If I was your congressman

Let's just check
and see if I am.

This poem © 2014 Emily Cooper.