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Saturday, February 27, 2010


February 25, 2010

by Steve Hellyard Swartz

Shovel with your legs and save your spleen
Scrolls across the bottom of my tv screen
On the left margin of the Health Care Summit
My IQ and the Dow are seen to plummet
Dr. Sanjay Gupta warns shovelers to be kind to their heart
Mitch McConnell fights back a fart
Obama smiles, but he's losing patience
All across America, doctors are losing patients
The good Senator from Tennessee pleads for more-of-the-same, a moribund sanity
While the good Senator from New York questions her good friend's polls,
     while never questioning
his heart and soul
The pundits all agree that America is voting with its feet
While the weatherman predicts a killer storm, smiling through his teeth

Steve Hellyard Swartz, a regular contributor to New Verse News, has piles and piles of poems ready to be published. He has won Honorable Mention in the Allen Ginsberg, Mary C. Mohr, and Anna Davidson Rosenberg Poetry Awards. In 2009, poems of his were published in The Paterson Review and The Southern Indiana Review. In 1990, Never Leave Nevada, which he wrote and directed, opened at The U.S. Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. He was recently selected Poet Laureate of Schenectady County in upstate New York.