Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Mandatory Trump Education Lesson 6

Listen Donnie

instead of both lamenting
the closure of the Trump Foundation

(which in fact
can not yet be done

as the charity is still under investigation
by the New York attorney general)

and bragging about how ethical you are
for avoiding

"even the appearance
of any conflict" of interest
by shutting it down

it would be better
to be quiet
get off Twitter

and in your own words

"continue to pursue
your "strong interest in philanthropy"

by preparing
just as Obama did

to work with people you hate

and who perhaps
also don't like you

for the next four years.

This poem © 2016 Emily Cooper

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Mandatory Trump Education Lesson 5

Listen Donnie

you said you would listen
to President Obama's counsel

so believe him
when he says

“It doesn’t matter
how smart you are.

You have to have
the best information possible
to make the best decisions possible.”

You get one intelligence briefing
per week. 

That's a start. 

Now it is possible
that you like sending out information
more than receiving it

and that you don't like hearing
that your companion Vladimir Putin

swayed not only voter opinion
but yours.

But given that your medium of choice
is by design brief

and that your missives
are presumably meant to be read
by their targets

you owe the rest of the world
the same courtesy.

This poem © 2016 Emily Cooper

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Mandatory Trump Education Lesson 4

Listen Donnie

whether or not the US
should engage with Taiwan

as an independent state

that decision to engage should be made
with care and deliberation

by someone who has chosen
to receive the daily intelligence briefings

which you have not

instead choosing
to block your fellow Americans
on Twitter

because they make you upset.

This poem © 2016 Emily Cooper