Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Odd Future

President Obama's summit
with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto

in Ottawa

is going way better
than Donald Trump's Scottish adventure

despite his having zero hotels
or golf courses
licensed with his name.

One such example
occurred when the Canadian Parliament
today broke into chants

of "Four more years"

after Obama completed the first speech
given by a United States leader in Canada
since 1995.

Donald Trump may note
that Canada has its own leaders

that everyone there was aware
that Obama cannot
legally run for President again

and yet were expressing the hope

that he were able
to do so.

So it will take
some special creativity

to make this event
into a video
from 2025

after two successful Trump terms
come to a close.

This poem © 2016 Emily Cooper.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

A Trite Con Man

While on the papal plane
returning from Armenia

after having gone off-script
and used the word "genocide"

to describe the mass murder
that took place
in the early 20th century

Pope Francis also chose to come out

as the first one
to denounce Christians' treatment

of gay people

and saying they should apologize.

"The Church must ask forgiveness
for not behaving many times.

When I say the Church
I mean Christians.

The Church is holy.
We are sinners."

He added

"It has to ask forgiveness
for having blessed many weapons."

Of course
it can be assumed
the Republican presidential candidate

who is severely in need of forgiveness
will continue to deliberately refuse it

and furthermore
will continue to believe

that everyone else should apologize
for perceiving his blessings as weapons.

This poem © 2016 Emily Cooper.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Highly Debatable

Sharing his opinion
of the Republican response
to gun violence

as exemplified
by their actions

following the 24-hour sit-in
staged by House Democrats

to secure a vote
on gun control measures

otherwise known as nothing

White House Press Secretary John Earnest said

"Cowards are people
who talk tough

in the hope
they will not be asked
to actually act."

And meanwhile the Republican candidate
has proven just how slow

of a learner he is

when in an NBC interview

when asked if he was ready
to debate Hillary Clinton

he said "I think my whole life
has been in preparation frankly."

This poem © 2016 Emily Cooper.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Anger Management

With only a month to go
before the Republican National Convention

Donald Trump has just fired
his campaign manager

Corey Lewandowski

in an effort to bolster
his campaign

which has been plummeting continuously
toward an as-yet-unknown nadir

with Lewandowski
the dangling Band-Aid

over the gaping wound
called his mouth.

And really
any decision that is bad for Trump
is good for the country

so we should all applaud
his unconscious act of patriotism.

This poem © 2016 Emily Cooper.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Can't Win for Losing

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi
has declared victory

minus some pockets of resistance

over the Islamic State
in Fallujah

with the militants
largely under control
of Iraqi Security Forces.

And Donald Trump
will simultaneously blame President Obama

for hobnobbing with the terrorists

and congratulate himself
for how much he did

to fight extremism.

This poem © 2016 Emily Cooper.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Happy Birther Day

In the vein
of "Who watches the Watchmen?"

one wonders
"Who wishes a Happy 70th Birthday
to the perpetually feeding
happiness vampire

who is obsessively concerned
with where certain groups of people

and United States Presidents
were born"

known as Donald Trump?

Well Republicans in Congress do

as does Bill Maher
who today tweeted

"Happy Birther Day, @realDonaldTrump!"

with the hashtag
of "#WhinyLittleBitch"

though one suspects

the well wishes
were not completely sincere.

This poem © 2016 Emily Cooper.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Run Christie Run

Meg Whitman
the CEO of Hewlett Packard

at a closed-door meeting
of Republicans

hosted by Mitt Romney
in Park City Utah

was reported
by one of the attendees

to have compared Trump
to Hitler and Mussolini 

and warned her colleagues
of the dangerous slippery slope

if they choose
to support the candidate
with “What happens next time?”.

Some are no doubt wondering
when "Trump's only
prominent and sincere

and apparently non-obligated
GOP endorser

and therefore a likely choice
for Trump's running mate"

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie
will wake up

realize what he's doing
and ask himself

"What happens this time?".

This poem © 2016 Emily Cooper.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Still Feeling the Bern

Hillary Clinton
has won California

and the presumed nominee
is now looking for her vice president.

Bernie Sanders
will meet with President Obama on Thursday

and it is to be presumed

Obama will encourage the candidate
to exit from the race

to rally around Clinton
and to foster Democratic party unity

though as Sanders' campaign
has centered around
challenging both expectations
and the status quo

how he will actually
implement these recommendations
remains to be seen.

This poem © 2016 Emily Cooper.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Free To Be

To the establishment
working against you

there is nothing more frightening

than being yourself
and all of yourself

when they don't even
want you to be.

May you rest in peace

Muhammad Ali.

This poem © 2016 Emily Cooper.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Nukes of Hazard

Today Hillary Clinton
in a campaign rally

in San Diego

gave us all
an un-sugar-coated assessment
of the Republican candidate.

She described his ideas
as "not really ideas"

but instead "a series of bizarre rants
personal feuds
and outright lies"

then outlined a quite plausible scenario
under his foreign policy

saying "It's not hard to imagine Donald Trump
leading us into a war

just because somebody
got under his very thin skin"

and continued to articulate
what is quite obvious
to his detractors

(and his reluctant GOP endorsers)

but probably less so
to his supporters

that Trump is "not just unprepared"

but "temperamentally unfit to hold an office
that requires knowledge
stability and immense responsibility."

As Clinton then remarked
on his "nasty tweets"

Trump fired up Twitter
and very thoughtfully
composed the rebuttal

"Bad performance
by Crooked Hillary Clinton!

Reading poorly
from the teleprom[p]ter!

She doesn't even look presidential!"

and undoubtedly thought to himself

"I just called her ugly.
That'll show her."

This poem © 2016 Emily Cooper.