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Friday, September 12, 2008


by Bill Costley

“I know you’ll play it proud, “
says Attilla McCain,” as proud
as Mrs. Punch of being called
‘a pig in lipstick’ by moo-slim
O’bama, who can’t eat pig.
Who‘s he think he’s kidding?”

Mrs. AAA-laska belittles him:
“O’bama can’t lay a hand on me;
eyes closed, I can out-slap him,
now he’s got himself in a corner
you know I can lock him in,
'strategically speaking!' "

over a sweet mess of spare ribs.

Bill Costley serves on the Steering Committee of the San Francisco Bay area chapter of the National Writers Union.