Tuesday, February 7, 2017


image from thedailybeast.com


“Just smile & look pretty, baby.”--Paul Wesley.

I was shaken by the news--Pence cast the tie-breaking
VP vote, leaving a sour taste in my teeth--more proof
that the Trumpian authoritarian regime will call all the
shots, using every sort of dirty Kamikaze tactics 
straight-up, in our faces, despite our anger and other
stirred emotions.

My wife & I are teachers. We feel that Devos is nothing
more than hair of the dog, another arrogant ignorant
billionaire wanting to drive Education on the rocks. Less
than three weeks into Trumpville and my soul is already
hammered, my heart is in dangerous cardiac--twist.

To all those other-directed patriotic voters who have now
put Benito Baloney into power, I say you have certainly
named your poison. The vessel of Liberty s heroically 
fighting against this dark storm, with many more than
three sheets to the wind, valiantly trying not to have a
rendezvous on the rocks.

There can be no real
tonic for poor judgement, just

regrets and last call. 

Glenn Buttkus

Posted over at dVerse Poets Pub


De Jackson said...

Excellent use of the words here, Glenn. Hoping writing about it brings you some peace.

brudberg said...

And what better way to comment than using Orwell.

War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.

Good education will never give voters.

annell4 said...

I loved what you did, and so well times indeed!

Sanaa Rizvi said...

Goodness gracious you totally nailed this one Glenn!

paul mortimer said...

Very apposite ~ especially given the news over Betsy DeVos ~ great subject to lay into with the prompt and you've certainly done it justice!

Anonymous said...

Howl it out Glenn...howl it out brother.

indybev said...

Masterful use of the pub terms to apply to the present political debacle taking place before our very eyes. I share your point of view, and applaud your wordmastery!

lillianthehomepoet.wordpress.com said...

oh you've really done it here again! And the haiku is MASTERFUL!
You'll appreciate this....I wrote letters before we left Boston....to McCain, Graham, and a number of other more "moderate" Republicans about DeVos. Then, here in Bermuda, I read that it could be a tie and so sent emails to Republicans I thought could be swayed. Well -- the bromance kicked in and Pence broke the tie and....I am not getting emails that are obviously written to Republicans and Trump supporters. Quite frightening how, in all reality, the content of my emails was not read by anyone in these Republican senators' offices buy my email was added to their list for mass mails etc.
We weather on.....frightening.....but we weather on.


You did some very creative work with these words and phrases. I really like what you did here:

than three weeks into Trumpville and my soul is already
hammered, my heart is in dangerous cardiac--twist."

Frank Hubeny said...

Although I vote Democratic, I am not very political. I had to look up who DeVos was. However, I do know that Pence is vice president. Should Trump have to resign when the market crashes later in his term, I don't expect Pence will be any better.

Cedarwind said...

Wow! well said.

tonispencer said...

I am ignoring politics and anything political as I am heartily sick of it. I vote Libertarian. Interesting take on the prompt.

Waltermarks said...

I think the office may be named billionaire row soon. Don't let it get you down.

Arcadia Maria said...

"Benito Baloney" almost my goodness! LOL. Well written with much emotion.

Truedessa said...

This world scares me today Glenn. I can feel your words, as your heart is in each line. Powerful writing!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Awesome write. I don't know how we will survive a year, if three weeks was this horrifying.

Kathy Reed said...

Very cool pic and poem together! I am writing and calling and participating, hoping to convert a few from the other party. It's useless!!
Frustration at an all time high. i think they are close to using the 25th amendment or asking him to step aside.

Katie Mia Frederick said...

of empty
no spiRiT
oF miNd and
BoDy BALanCinG
overfloWinG liGht
no water
but fear and hate..
to each hiS owN Heaven
or Trump/Pence/Bannon HeLL..
it's Karma as the anti-christ 'they' falsely
caLL as Obama beCoMes the Karma of what 'they'
the reaper
is the sower
of daRkNess
now.. alive as death..:)

Stacy MS said...

i love your political poetry...always find myself in agreement!

kaykuala said...

There can be no real
tonic for poor judgement, just
regrets and last call

A prophesy that may well spell concern at a point in the near future.It gets frightening as it progresses each day! Rightly so Glenn!


grapeling said...

yeah. bleep that bleeping bleep, and the goats they road in on ~

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Wow, that's the poem that was begging to be written! (And I so love that you quoted Paul Wesley, one half of The Vampire Diaries bromance.)

Anonymous said...

I’m thankful for trump so far. Keep up the great work.