Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Searching for Inspiring Presidential Biographies Christmas Coming

Looking for a Christmas present

for my son.

He wants to be a politician.

Not the merriest of Christmases

nor the happiest of New Years

in American politics.

Abraham Lincoln is neatly

stacked next to Teddy Roosevelt

at our local bookstore

With award-winning volumes

of FDR and Washington

sitting comfortably nearby.

With another somewhat dusty

book standing far to the right

On a shelf in the non-fiction

biography section titled

"Donald Trump: America’s

Failing President."

Sitting next to a few dull

panned volumes excoriating

Richard Nixon.

My son is a passionate

progressive Democrat.

He, like the rest of us,

is wondering how a racist,

With money as his God,

occupies the White House

in America?

As billionaires get tax

cuts, beggared sick lay

ill in their beds

Those in government spew

anti-Muslim venom, gay pride

flags are burned, the NRA

controls Congress.

Did our commander in chief

really just tweet that a US

Senator is a whore?

Did he really say that Rocket Man

will be met with fire and fury like

the world has never seen before?

I want to set off the world's

loudest alarm. I want to bang

a hammer on the world's

noisiest can.

Looking for a Christmas present

for my son. Not an easy gift

choice to make. Perhaps FDR,

but he seems so far way.

My son wants to be a politician.

I can't imagine why.

© Gil Hoy

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Gil Hoy is a Boston poet and trial lawyer who is studying poetry at Boston University through its Evergreen program. Hoy received a B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science from Boston University, an M.A. in Government from Georgetown University, and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. He served as a Brookline, Massachusetts Selectman for four terms. Hoy’s poetry has appeared, most recently, in Ariel Chart, The Penmen Review, Right Hand Pointing/One Sentence Poems, The New Verse News and Clark Street Review.