Friday, March 28, 2008

Ms. President's Mercenary

Raise your hand if you think the following epigram was written during the current presidential campaign. Well, if you raised your hand you are wrong. I wrote it nearly three decades ago, in 1979 (if memory serves me well):

Ms. President’s Mercenary

Demosthenes of the Elegiac Bomb-Scare will accrue
His missiles to the ablest Lysistrata, could it be you?

My model was an epigram by Alexander Pope (1688-1744):

His Majesty's Dog

I am His Majesty's dog at Kew.
Pray tell me, sir, whose dog are you?

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