so, despite laura bush's claims that poetry cannot possibly be political -- (which, i suppose, could be true, if what you're reading is my pet goat, but then again, what if the goat had wanted to vote? but that's a whole 'nother rhyming book) -- this poem proves otherwise. with distinction. and hilarity.
i would write more about it, but i have a feeling that there's not much i could say which wouldn't end in a rant or in blathering on and on about my own liberal leanings (you didn't know? that's because i hide those leanings so well. ha.)
so: onward. and cheers to you in this election year. . .
The Real Dick Cheney
~ Jeffrey McDaniel
Know going in -- the lie will one day
fall apart. The beautiful thing is
it doesn't need to last forever,
just until you have a new lie
to move into. The lie's foundation
is less important than its roof. Build
a strong roof with layers of red tape
for insulation, and even the loudest barrage
of facts will sound like a gentle rain,
as you recline beside the fireplace of your lie
sipping mouse blood. Remember:
honesty is the best policy,
but there are other good ones, too.
(published in The Endarkenment by Jeffrey McDaniel. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2008).