Tuesday, July 27, 2021

King of Fools

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King of Fools

“No, you can’t always get what you want, but if you

try sometimes you get what you need.”

--the Rolling Stones.

Nixon had

an enemies list.

Jane Fonda

was on it,

Elvis was not.

He didn’t know me.

If he had, I’m certain

I would have

made the list.

In the late 60’s,

most of us hated Millhouse.

We liberals flocked together,


that the enemy of my enemy

was my friend.

Later we suffered through

eight Republican years

with George W. Bush.

But Junior was a dunce,

and you shouldn’t hate

a disabled person.

Dick Cheney pulled the strings,

and he was worth hating.

But then our worst nightmare

descended upon us, 

and we endured 

four frightening fucking years

with Trump; disguised

as a Republican,

Little Benito turned out

to be such a loathsome troll

that he even nullified

the old adage about

keeping your friends close,

and your enemies closer--

because the Donald

never had any friends,

just a line of employees,

ass-lickers, sycophants,

and red-necked sheep.

He has proudly betrayed

everyone who ever got close to him,

playing the victim, always, always

devoid of blame. 

His love affair with himself

has contributed to

the death of tens of thousands

of his followers, a student

of Stalin; he won’t be satisfied

until he has killed millions.

His latest super-spreader rally

in Florida is a case in point.

Yet millions more

kiss his ring, anoint and worship him.

Go figure.

Glenn Buttkus

Posted over at d'Verse Poet's Pub


indybev said...

Strange, Glenn, I had opened my own poem with the line "to the blind a one-eyed man is king" and "the trumpet" was my subject as well. As always, your words are masterful,

Sanaa Rizvi said...

This is incredibly potent! The world has been through so much in the past decade, hasn't it?

JadeLi said...

Glenn, is it wrong of me to hope that there is a mass die-off of red-necked sheep? Maybe mother nature knows what she's doing.

Poetry for Healing said...

How right you are Glenn. As I sit here in Florida and see that every county in the state of Florida has more Cov id cases than anywhere else in the country, except Arkansas, my heart aches and my hatred for that bastard Trump is consuming. Over 500,000 dead on his watch and his sycophants and blind fools think he is the second coming 😡

robkistner said...

Evil is personified now. We all know what he looks like, sounds like, I have mentally erased him from my mind from reality. I may stand against something he says or does, an agenda I may oppose — but the man as a person, as an entity to even consider NOPE he is dead to me!

Linda Lee Lyberg said...

For the life of me, I'll never understand the attraction to him that followers have. It's baffling. Spot on Glenn.

Merril D. Smith said...

All so true, Glenn. I've never understood the attraction either. He is horrid creature--mentally and morally stunted. I hate even more the smarter minds who kept him raised up when they could have brought him down any number of times before he became president and after.

Sunra Rainz said...

Very entertaining to read, Glenn! I'm so glad he's been banned from Twitter though. Social media has become less toxic again without him. And how fascinating that Jane Fonda was on Nixon's enemies list? I wonder why? Perhaps she wouldn't date him? Great poem! :-)

Glenn Buttkus said...

Jane Fonda protested about the Viet Nam War, as did many celebrities