Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Surrender Is Not An Option

Dear John Bolton

After writing in your book

that Trump tied aid to Ukraine

to his request
that the country
announce investigations into the Bidens

I still don't think
I like you
as a person

but thank you.

This poem © 2020 Emily Cooper.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Dream On

Kellyanne Conway

when asked why President Trump
was not formally celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

after saying he believed
much of what the civil rights leader stood for

said she did not believe it was
"within Dr. King's vision to have Americans
dragged through a process
where the president is not going to be removed from office"

and added

"I think that anybody who cares about
'and justice for all'
on today or any day of the year

will appreciate the fact
that the president now
will have a full-throttle defense
on the facts."

But perhaps she's right.

Because after all
who knows
what MLK really would've
thought of a man

who in a past life

kept minorities from living
in his housing units

and in a current life

takes to Twitter
and the stage to antagonize
nearly everyone
except himself?

Or maybe

just maybe

in her first statement
she's saying

that Americans will have wasted their time
putting up with this whole trial business

unless it ends with the satisfying conclusion
of having Trump removed from office?

(Perhaps not.)

This poem © 2020 Emily Cooper.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Life Sentences

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
announced today

that the House would be voting tomorrow
on a resolution
to name the impeachment managers
for the President's Senate trial

and transmit the articles
to the chamber.

Said Mitch McConnell
"It will fall to us
to do what the founders intended--
to take the long view

move beyond partisan passions
and do what the long-term good
of our institutions and our nation demands."

despite any illusions to the contrary
 he is actually speaking Trump-loyalist-ese

this most likely means
Trump will remain in office

but as Pelosi reminded us
Trump is still
"impeached for life."

And as Prince told us
"That's a mighty long time."

This poem © 2020 Emily Cooper.