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Friday, January 11, 2008

PRIMARY THOUGHTS

by Anne G. Davies


Who’d have thought Huckabee and Obama
Would be generating so much drama?
Evangelical Arkansas hick
Matches Harvard lawyer, smart and slick.
The rest of the roster’s losing face.
(A blessing in Mitt and Rudy’s case.)
But what of Hillary Clinton, née Rodham?
She lost Iowans when she thought she’d got ‘em,
Giving Barack impressive momentum
Yet in New Hampshire she did prevent ‘im
From being considered all but anointed,
Leaving pollsters stunned and disjointed.
And John McCain whom we’d been neglecting
Seems to be steadily resurrecting
Himself from yawning oblivion.
What confusion we’ve all been living in.
He snatched first place from the jaws of defeat
Toppling Mitt and Mike: such winning is sweet.
Now they’re all off to pastures greener
No doubt the rhetoric will only get meaner
This primary system grows exhaustin’
Racing from West Coast to north of Boston.
I often wish that we could resume
The politics of the smoke-filled room
When fat cats with cigars decided fates
And chose the leaders of the United States.


Anne G. Davies is a fund-raising writer by profession and a writer and versifier by avocation. Her work has been published in local and regional papers. She lives in Lexington, Massachusetts.