The Poetry Thursday prompt is to write a funny poem, but I wasn't in the mood. Here's a rough first draft with a flash of political humour:
Update at midnight Thursday Paris time: Paul Wolfowitz has resigned from the World Bank! Also, Senate Democrats are seeking a no-confidence vote in Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.
Despite mounting criticism
they simply won't go
determined to stay; keep the status quo
even when everyone around them knows
confidence is virtually zero.
Hard to see the funny side
when ethics made to look bad;
Wolfowitz is still there
and that makes me mad:
his arrogance riding roughshod.
Why does Gonzales still have his job
when his deputy and all those attorneys are gone?
Why should Olmert keep his post
when his defense minister's thrown
out on his laurels?
Why is Scooter Libby going to jail
when Cheney and Rove created the trail
in a deliberate rush to fell
a CIA agent whose husband wouldn't tell
their lies to hasten war?
How do people in power
get away with misdeeds?
Whatever happened to honourable creeds?
Where lies the truth in attempts to deceive?
Is there a single word said we can really believe?
Who's to blame for these calamities;
where does the buck stop anymore?
It keeps getting passed from door to door
as the dollar sinks to the currency floor;
how long can we stay afloat?
Faith in government at an all-time low
it's no longer on merit, it's who you know.
How many times must we hear Tony Snow
spinning strange yarns to the gullible press
who need to think more and listen less?