Thursday, 28 March 2019

You’re No Washington, No Lincoln

The hatchet fits you 
Mr. President

But not the cherry 
tree legend---

Not truth telling.

No rational parent 
would want their child 
to grow up like you

You’re the poster child 
for a child’s “must-not-dos.”

If your father 
had asked you

What happened to his 
favorite cherry tree

Would you have said:
"I can’t tell a lie, you know 
I can’t tell a lie, I’m sorry
but I cut it down.”

Of course you wouldn’t have. 

You’d have said: 
"It was the brown kid 
who just moved in 
down the street. 
You’ve got to believe me.” 

Lies beget lies
beget lies
beget more lies.

Mr. President, "Honest Abe" 
first got his nickname 
as a young store clerk

He short-changed a customer 
by a few pennies.

So he closed down
his shop 

And walked long 
and far to return 
the correct change.

What would you have done?
You’d have kept the change.

You chose the crooked 
coward’s corrupt, lying 
path a long time ago,

And that has made all the difference.

© Gil Hoy

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Gil Hoy

Gil 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.