The Donald touts Brexit as a boon to the economy
(of his new South Ayrshire golf course, Trump Turnberry).
Senator Elizabeth Warren shows little compunction
to prick his skin with multiple perforations
in verbal assaults, whether uttered
or (in 140 characters or less) tweeted:
he’s “a sexist, racist bully”, “a money grubber,”
“a union buster,”
“a climate change denier,”
and, borrowing one of his favorite jabs, “a loser.”
Trump’s nerves fried
(or is it wounded pride?)
counters with swiftest admonition
she’s a lackluster senator, “all talk, no action”
and, in addition to “Pocahontas” giving her a new appellation
“Goofy” (Goofy? A cartoonish characterization,
but hardly, in my mind, a stinging denunciation!)
Round by round, Warren v. Trump
they feint and jab, punch and thump;
all the while Hillary can stay
above the fray,
beyond sullying harm’s way;
good strategy, they say.
Rhyming aside, when insult and innuendo, slur and slander become the lingua franca of the presidential campaign, this, for me, is political theater most absurd.
Too many issues that matter –
and the banking industry…
immigration, deportation, & pathways to legalization,
global nuclear proliferation,
Supreme Court nominations,
Social Security privatization…
and others that don’t yield easily to verse, among them: health care and gun control –
call, cry out to be debated with reasoned passion by the candidates and their views digested with sobered attentiveness by a judicious electorate.
And what we have so far, now and here,
won’t, can’t get us there.