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Monday, July 18, 2016


by Ed Shacklee
Dave Granlund Cartoons

In Cleveland, pachyderms regroup
as hired clowns arrive in troop
to fan the flames and jump the hoop,
rousing rubes they hope to dupe.

With talk so cheap our shoulders droop,
reporters keep us in the loop,
but pomp cannot conceal the poop—
so little news, so much to scoop.

Ed Shacklee is a public defender who represents young people in the District of Columbia. He is working on a bestiary.