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.