Presidential campaign: Knaves and Kings

By Annie Shepherd for The Parisian Post.

The owl-falcon smiles with demonic, googly-eyes and a wide, maniacal, fanged grin. “Bird #1″ as Providence artist Cody Thompson calls his creation, is an array of rainbow-hued sequins and beads that he stitched to a bright magenta cloth bordered with blue and gold ribbons and blue fringe. The bird raises its wings in a brilliant display of flower-shaped sequins.

Week ending 29 April 2012. The last lap before election day, the campaign is marred with more below- the-belt insults from both sides. Charles Taylor is condemned in The Hague to life imprisonment for his blood diamond war crimes; a top prominent Chinese politician is removed from office bolstering a rising leader’s power, and a blind Chinese activist flees house arrest.

Are they losing their heads, these would-be Kings?

Insults fly on stage and in the wings,

their knaves and aces deal the blows with clubs

and maces. ‘Louis Fourteenth’ ‘Pétain’ ‘spoilt brat’

‘collabo.’ ‘Rottweiler’ and ‘prat.’

They cloak themselves in regal confidence

while underneath the insolent naked truth

(a crow’s a crow, his swagger still unnerves

a blackbird, hesitant, can’t fight against his foes.)

In Africa a king of diamonds falls;

a princeling knave In China’s quickly felled

to pave the way for rivals; and a blind man

jumps arrest and calls their bluff, helps us

to see their cloak and dagger stealth.

copyright © 2012 Annie Shepherd all rights reserved


Contact Annie Shepherd to obtain a copy of her collection of poems “Jostled by Ghosts”.

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>> Read Presidential campaign part 1 « Pecking Order »
>> Read Presidential campaign part 2 « On The Farm »
>> Read Presidential campaign part 3 « Run to Save your Bacon »
>> Read Presidential campaign part 4 « Stage Set »
>> Read Presidential campaign part 5 « Squabble »
>> Read Presidential campaign part 6 « tragedy »
>> Read Presidential campaign part 7 « slanging match »
>> Read Presidential campaign part 8 « Easter »
>> Read Presidential campaign part 9 « Aviary »
>> Read Presidential campaign part 9 « Migrations »
>> Presidential campaign part 10 « Knaves and Kings »
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