Late Breaking Muse

Monday, December 15, 2008

AP: Many Insisting That Obama Is Not Black

also see related stories:
Many Insisting That Sky Is Not Blue
Many Insisting That Water Is Not Wet
Many Insisting That Elvis Is Not Dead
Many Insisting That Bush Is Intelligent

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

November 5th

one full day later
and my brain still buzzes
firing all impulses at once
telling me that
this could not have happened

but it did
yes it did

and if it were a dream
where would i awake?
just after Sarah made her acceptance speech
just before Barack made his race speech
just before Hillary cried in New Hampshire
the night before the Iowa caucuses
or any other of a million points on the impossible timeline
that led to this point
we call now

this remarkable morning
where for the first time in my life
my skin feels like the uniform
of a winning team
and it tingles with the tangible feeling of hope
not hope as a concept
but hope as a physical experience

this beautiful day
when my mother's words and my grandmother's words
"you can be anything you want"
feel finally real
years after they've left this world

this glorious day
November 5th
when through moist eyes
i view the world
not as it was before this day
but as it will be for every day hereafter

Friday, October 10, 2008

McCain Strategy Haiku


Lieberman is out
Pawlenty's far too boring
But Palin's pretty


We did not know she
Couldn't complete a sentence
At least stocks are up


With Georgia in play,
West Virginia a toss up,
Remind them he's black


Concession call to
Mr. President Elect
Barack Obama

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Wild White House meeting sets back deal

Wild White House meeting sets back deal

he rode into town
"a betting man"
cash and cards in hand
betting that he could look like an expert
on a subject he knows little about
betting that he could move his debate to next week
and move Sister Sarah's into the sunset

he rode into town
seven days
after the frame on the house was built
kicked the studs
spit on the floors
and argued about the paint job
from the back of the room
while his posse tore the whole house down

he rode into town
bailing on Ole Miss
to mess up the bailout
and sidestep the fallout
and then on his way out

he'll take credit for putting the house back together again

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Palin takes first impromptu question from national press

Palin takes first impromptu question from national press

like my little brother
lunchbox in one hand
change of dry clothes in the other
bravely striding toward the unknown

using big words and
speaking in incomplete sentences

my how quickly they grow up

Thursday, September 11, 2008

September 11

we will return
to pigs and pork
bears and seals
iraq and a hardplace
lipstick and lipservice

but today we stop
we remember
we remember
we will always remember

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Perhaps It's Time

Perhaps It's Time

this manufactured gender war
is threatening
to become the latter-day swiftboat
and as Rick Davis said
(in a self-fulfiling omen)
This election is not about issues.
This election is about
a composite view of what people take away from these candidates.

so perhaps it's time
(well past time?)
to bring up the McCain we know
unstable from years of torture actin'
bomb-bomb-iran singin'
my wife, that [unmentionable] spoutin'
Chelsea sired by Janet jokin'
sunni shia toMAYto tomAHto confusin'
Iran Afghan border thinkin'
let's save some money by not honoring MLK votin'
old wife in car accident desertin'
new rich wife in wet t-shirt contest enterin'
no internet or e-mail usin'
100 years in Iraq stayin'
melanoma barely survin'
who could be one heart beat away
from turning the US
into Harper Valley PTA.