Poem 21A: Ballad of a political candidate

20apoem

(Feel free to name whatever political candidate you wish.)

I make no excuses for such cheap rhythm and rhyme
It seems that the cheapness most suits the crime.
As the chicken exclaimed when the world it first saw:
Cheap! Cheap! Cheap! Cheap! And it don’t say no more.

Now surrounded with elegance, wit, and all that,
Jackie, the idol of America,
sat.

The honour of being the first among ladies
meant she could have all the president’s
babies.

Most thought it sweet that she should beget;
some thought the political method was
wet.

But with a hole in the neck and one in the head
the handsome prince fell and died – not in
bed.

The dead one became an immediate saint
and the whole fairy story became rather
quaint.

But brushing away all the sackcloth and ashes
Jackie got up and ran to
Onassis.

Before one could blink there were rumours afoot;
conspiracies abounded and published in
books.

Who pulled the trigger? Who aimed the gun?
Was it three? Was it two? Maybe just
one?

The truth is quite simple and ne’er before heard,
though some people think the inference
absurd.

I’d like to suggest that Hillary done it.
She wants the top job and shoots for the
fun of it.

I make no excuses for such cheap rhythm and rhyme
It seems that the cheapness most suits the crime.
As the chicken exclaimed when the world it first saw:
Cheap! Cheap! Cheap! Cheap! And it don’t say no more.

15 thoughts on “Poem 21A: Ballad of a political candidate

  1. Cynthia Jobin

    The ballad, though it tells a story, is definitely a form meant to be heard or sung, it seems to me. Though in olden days it sang of heroes, I think nowadays anti-heroes, and satire reign; you’ve certainly tapped into that. The “saint” you mention, and the” fairy story,” seem to be slowly losing their lustre, now that the baby-boom generation–and its memories— are on the way out. I loved listening to your reading of this.

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      Thanks for the thoughtful response, Cynthia. I wasn’t going to tell anyone, but I wrote this in 1968!! So the lustre has worn a little. Then I changed it to use the names (in places) of someone who has the first name of a famous mountaineer, and then to someone who had the first name of a famous Anaheim Duck – but changed both versions back to the original…
      I think that “Ode to Billie Joe” has always been my favourite sung “Ballad”.

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      Yes – I can understand that. It’s a long time since Kennedy was shot and his wife remarried to a Greek shopping tycoon. And then I didn’t want to mention by name the compulsive liar currently running for a position in politics…

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