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Rob Hammerton, music educator etc.

Poetry’s Last Stand

In which your humble correspondent attempts to wrap up the current (and final?) election season, on his Facebook page, in verse.

[For reference by future scholars who unearth this text, once thought lost forever: in the seventh week of this experiment, they actually held the election. Cleverly, this text was released to a breathlessly-anticipatory public before any polls had closed, thus rendering it a time capsule of The Time Before… (fill in the blank).]

[Also, something happened that had not happened in 108 years: little bears won a fun game.]

 

Wednesday, November 2: Today’s Trump Haiku:

Three-thirty A.M.

Is the right time for few things

Least of all Tweeting

 

Thursday, November 3: Today’s Trump Distraction Haiku:

The Chicago Cubs

For one glorious evening

Overwhelmed all this

 

Friday, November 4: Today’s Trump Media Coverage Haiku:

Today would have been

Cronkite’s hundredth. What would he

Say about all this?

 

And a small P.S.:

(The sad truth: Cronkite

Wouldn’t be “sexy” enough

For cable news now)

 

Saturday, November 5: Today’s Trump Haiku:

I’m a bit nervous

About all those “poll-watchers”

*You know what I mean*

 

Sunday, November 6: Today’s Trump Haiku:

If Trump’s elected

I don’t think it’d be called an

Administration”

 

Monday, November 7: Today’s Trump Haiku Two-Fer:

I too felt the Bern

Now we need to make sure he’s

A Committee Chair

 

Life isn’t perfect;

Hillary either. Trump though?

FRAKKIN’ DISASTER

 

Tuesday, November 8: Today’s Trump Haiku Election-Day Dump: (I had a bunch of ’em in reserve)

Smart not to pay tax?

Can you do business without

Roads, the power grid…?

 

Release all eMails”

Strikes me as: not something a

Guilty person says

 

Surround yourself with

The people you want to be”:

Corey Lew’ndowski

 

Trump likes “Citizen

Kane” … this one seems just as apt:

It Can’t Happen Here”

 

Haiku is a lame

Kind of poem. Why do peo-

ple like haiku? Sad.

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On This, All Depends

What’s tomorrow mean?

It means we have to vote.

We have to encourage everyone around us to vote.

Doesn’t matter whether they’re passionate or not.

Doesn’t matter whether they’re holding their noses.

It means we have to get people out to vote, because the more people vote, the better life is.

It means we have to make sure that the Short-Fingered Vulgarian doesn’t get elected.

It means we have to vote properly in the down-ticket elections — for the US Congress, for state legislatures, for state governors, for local dog-catcher.

But it means we have to vote properly for President, because SUPREME COURT.

There’s already one open seat in the row of nine Supreme Court justice chairs. And there will likely be one, two, or possibly three more.

It means we have to vote for a President who will have a remote prayer of appointing one or more justices who will rule in cases on the side of the common guy and not on the side of the corporations.

(As regards the down-ticket races … it means we have to vote properly so as to turn the US Senate blue so the President has a faint prayer of confirming any Justices.)

It means we have to ensure that the Court will vote to overturn Citizens United, which is only a first step toward getting dark money out of politics, but ya gotta start somewhere.

It means that once Citizens United is overturned, billionaires and corporations (who don’t even “live” in the US) will have less opportunity to affect elections, which will mean less influence on one particular issue: education; specifically public education.

It means that once billionaires and corporations don’t have such a chokehold on elections and on influencing education policy, we can get to work rebuilding education (and the morale of educators).

It means that once education is influenced chiefly by people who have experience in it and genuine care for it, we’ll begin to rebuild an educated population.

Because the uneducated (and economically unable-to-commit-time-to-learning-about-important-issues-through-no-fault-of-their-own) population currently is not equipped to cast educated votes.

It means that once Citizens United is overturned, we have a prayer of loosening the death grip with which the National Rifle Association currently holds so many of our elected officials, which will mean less influence on one particular issue: gun control … so that gun control legislation has a prayer of passing.

It means that perhaps we may be able to finally apply ourselves to the horror of military-grade weapons in the hands of any civilian anywhere for any or no very damn good reason.

So it means that this is a Cliffs Notes, quick-hit, flash-learning educational opportunity.

It’s an opportunity for me to suggest to you that if you [a] can’t conceive of voting for the Orange-Hair Jackwagon; or [b] wish you could have voted for Sen. Sanders but can’t and are really disappointed and are just not sure about Secretary Clinton; or [c] are thrilled to vote for Secretary Clinton,…

…it is vitally important that you vote for Secretary Clinton.

I cannot afford to sugarcoat this. And I cannot word this strongly enough.

Be it resolved: that a vote for Secretary Clinton is (but is not exclusively) a vote against the Vulgar Talking Yam, and that’s good for the health of the Republic and likely the survival of the three branches of government, not to mention our country’s reputation around the world.

Be it resolved: that a vote for Secretary Clinton is (but is not exclusively) a vote for the first female President in our history; and while that ought not be the only reason she gets a vote, that’s still good since it catches us up to a number of other major countries (England, Germany, India, …) … finally.

Be it resolved: that a vote for Secretary Clinton is (but is not exclusively) a vote for someone whose stated policies have been pushed rather distinctly toward the left by her strongest competitor, which honors him and bodes well (or better) for little things like civil rights and such.

What’s all this mean?

It means that voting for Secretary Clinton may work out to be one last opportunity to remain a viable democratic republic.

That is not remotely close to hyperbole.

Vote. Vote vote vote.

Vote IN the best person to responsibly lead this country in this or any time. Vote OUT the people who offer “thoughts and prayers” but no constructive solutions. In fact vote OUT the people who joined government for the expressed purpose of de-funding, dismantling, and de-legitimizing government.

On this, all depends.”

Heaven help us, either way.

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