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Markos Rex

How does a Poet speak to a king?
Protocol is very awkward a thing.
Your orange kingdom firmly you ruled,
Your subjects in your views were well schooled.

A governor in a campaign was sent,
Proposed as a female Vice President,
What right did your minions have to assume
That her child might be from her own daughter’s womb?

What sort of man would fail to demur
At letting proceed such an infamous slur?
One type alone would occur to my mind,
The man who his decency long left behind.

Your antics are daily upon us unfurled,
You spread your poison throughout the world,
To tear down, envenom and to destroy–
These be the tactics you would employ?

Of your worst enemy you played the role,
When you took the world in exchange for your soul,
At honor, just when was your last look–
Back when the Faustian bargain you took?

In sackcloth and ashes, cover your face,
You could return to a lost state of grace,
Sound advice is it the Poet has sent,
To take it, you need not wait for Great Lent.

Your head unburden of an unfitting crown,
Honor now be your indispensable noun,
Lay down your sceptre; vacate the throne,
A fallen king men are quick to disown.

12 Responses

  1. Oh my goodness, John. You are so talented! I loved the one about RD, too, but didn’t get a chance to comment.

    Beautiful work! Wish he would take your suggestion and just go away, as he wanted HRC to do.

  2. why the hell do those cheeto brats care anyway?

  3. Bad – they’re “progressives!”

    As GHWB would say, “Message: I care.”

    They’re just as sincere as Bush’s daddy was.

  4. The whole ridiculous “who really is baby Trig’s momma?” nonsense is ongoing. I’m not going to link to any of it, but some people are still obsessing over it.

    Crazy stuff.

  5. madamab, on December 5th, 2008 at 12:18 pm
    As GHWB would say, “Message: I care.”

    His other part of that message made as little sense
    as that

    GHWB….” don’t cry for me Argentina ”

    OK, Poppy, but just don’t throw up on me. lol!

  6. Yes, we really have had some winners for President, haven’t we?!

    Sheeeeesh.

  7. Great piece johninca – I enjoyed it.

  8. Just stopped by to say … great poem John!!

  9. Thanks, because due to the paucity of comments I had written this one off as “critical success, box office failure.”

    Madamab, I wanted to say earlier that I was moved by the exceptionally kind words you had for me.

  10. johninca: I like this bit:

    A governor in a campaign was sent,
    Proposed as a female Vice President,
    What right did your minions have to assume
    That her child might be from her own daughter’s womb?

    Do you have anything on how marcos accused Hillary of darkening Obama’s face in a campaign ad?

    *LOVE* it!

  11. Riverdaughter!! Thanks for the rave review… if only you could have been here when I needed you!

    All this trouble for ten comments– I’m like a big budget movie bombing at the box office over here!!

    I do recall something about alleged darkening of Obama’s face, but not with enough command of details to get into that. You wouldn’t believe how many times my scrupulosity for detail made me edit this poem.

  12. John, I’m writing this late, but hope you’ll read it.

    Do not despair over low comments on your wonderful poems. Many times I read them and love them, but have nothing much to say, feeling very shy about poetry at all (I’m one of the great unwashed who ‘know what I like, and that’s about it). I feel too stupid to comment on such great work…

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