View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Political poetry

Our local paper allows some "blogs" on its website. I have one.

I sometimes post political poetry on it.

Most are pretty self explanatory. One involves a local issue.

County Executive Maggie Brooks decided to to break a decades-old agreement to share sales tax revenue with towns and school districts. To balance the county budget, she arbitrarily seized half of the school districts' money in January. The districts took her to court. An appeals court ruled 5-0 in favor of the schools, and said the county must give them their money.

The poems:

Maggie has reason to frown,
her soak-the-schools plan has gone down.
So now our Ms. Brooks
must balance her own books,
or find someone else to shake down.

President Bush,
when shove came to push,
had no valid reason to attack

The fate of the not-so-fast ferry
has left us all a bit wary.
When that plan didn't float
we unloaded the boat
and now fear baggage a new one might carry.

Governor Eliot Spitzer
gained fame as a crusading blitzer,
but his "Mr. Clean" rep is now gone
after he earned the new title of "John."


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