Friday, November 20, 2009

Rules: a Haiku

the guards have no souls
arbitrary and so cruel
Where's your staff ID?

then the hearing aides
You can't bring that coffee here!
fresh, warm, in the trash

lines before hearings
You can't sit in the hallways!
well why the F not?

But I never fight
what would our Capitol be
without stupid rules?


Kennedy Caucus Room

granite columns
marbled with politics of years past
It's my Honor to Introduce....
carpet blue of patterns and parallels
I'd like to announce my candidancy...
on repeat
flags that don't wave, their stars and seals stoic and still
royal blue, maroon
the room bursts with undeserved laughter
The Fabric of America.
Thank You, Senator.
Titanic, Watergate, Iran-Contra
the patriotic, the banal
all heard here on repeat
Please Join Me in Welcoming...
the muffins stale on the outskirts
eyes wander to the chandelier, crystals
and balls
but no cyrstal balls
no way to know
what else this room will see
the repeat, the parallels
but with new faces, new stars, fresh applause
new pant suits warming the cotton fibers
of the deep red chairs
fresh muffins
vacuumed blue carpet
polished marble
Thank You So Much for Allowing me the Opportunity to Speak
go forth and govern

by Jackie