It’s April first, and not only is it April Fools Day it is also the first day of National Poetry Writing Month or NaPoWriMo. The idea is to write a new poem every day in the month of April. And since it has been April since yesterday in Guam, here is my first poem for NaPoWriMo.
A Liberal Manifesto
I’m not a namby pamby Democrat
who quails at being called a liberal
who says that “No, I merely hold
progressive views.” who wouldn’t want their friends
of a conservative and righteous bent
to ostracize them. Well, my family
and friends are well aware that I am out:
A left-coast pinko hugging owls and trees
who shouts, “Protect the spotted, green banana slugs!”
Their slime just might supply a cancer cure.”
Why I am even so far left that I
believe that women ought to have the right
to vote, and children ought to be in school
and not be working for a buck an hour.
I want to drink the water from my tap
and breathe clean air. And if a billionaire
will only make another hundred mil
instead of billions more, well, c’est la vie.
Destroyer of American ideals!
That’s me. A forty hour week? Well, yes.
And equal pay for equal work? Of course.
Why I am so far left I even think
our founding fathers screwed the pooch when they
decided slavery was legal here.