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Politics Last Summer

Richard Shelton
The pederasts were pederasting,
The sycophants were sycophanting
and Washington was awash in the slime of politics

when suddenly the three wise monkeys
burst into the committee room
beating on drums and demanding

an end to the teaching of Darwinism or any
theory that related them, even distantly,
to such a debauched creature as man.

Meanwhile, the homeless were trying
to form a union so each of them
could have a pot and a window.
Can you imagine the gall? A pot and a window!

From The Last Person to Hear Your Voice by Richard Shelton, © 2007. Reprinted by permission of the University of Pittsburgh Press.

Richard Shelton