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Playlist: The Department of Poetic Justice (and Poetic Reckoning)

Compiled By: Susan Cook

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Sonnets, odes, lyrical tributes- the emotional angst and pleasure of poetry brought to our longing for justice- for the inexplicable, actions, kind deeds and regular generic political folly of others, including a song and dance section, just as there is in real life, for the musically inclined. Many might be sung to tunes from "The Great American Wrongbook".

Sonnet for President Obama's Tear

From Susan Cook | Part of the The River Is Wide series | 01:11

First published on the eve of Martin Luther King Day , we turn to our preferred form of political expression, the sonnet, to acknowledge the compassion President Obama has brought to the Presidency. Today, we offer a "Sonnet for President Obama's Tear''.

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Sonnet for President Obama’s Tear

Susan Cook

 

His tear is for every person lost since

illegal guns became more, much, so much

more available. How do you convince

the NRA these dead are  theirs too? Touch

the darkness of those who will not ever

know who their guns took, experience

wretched calculations of forever’s

duration, time with no end, grief re-sensed.

They calculate abstractly the time passed

for those whose children died, who are not here.

We only know one madman’s moment lasts

lifetimes when we can’t bear Obama’s tear.

Obama’s tear tells what must be retold.

Compassion’s time is for whom the bell tolls.

In the Department of Poetic Justice (The song and dance genre): 'To an Itsy Bitsy Spider'

From Susan Cook | Part of the The River Is Wide series | 02:50

In the Department of Poetic Justice, just in time for the holidays, The River Is Wide offers a poem that could be sung to the tune from that favorite classic - in the public domain, of course The Itsy Bitsy Spider. The holidays
are a time for singing and a time for contemplation and reflection. In this spirit, To an Itsy Bitsy Spider is a reflection.

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In the Department of Poetic Justice

To an Itsy Bitsy Spider

 

-Susan Cook-

In the Department of Poetic Justice, just in time for the holidays, The River Is Wide offers a poem that could be sung to the tune from that favorite classic - in the public domain, of course The Itsy Bitsy Spider. The holidays

are a time for singing and a time for contemplation and reflection. In this spirit, To an Itsy Bitsy Spider is a reflection.

To an Itsy Bitsy Spider

 

The itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout.

Once he was up there no one could get him out.

So they chose him for governor. Now they’re sorry Itsy sits

up there cause the itsy bitsy spider keeps having little fits.

The itsy bitsy spider doesn’t like the income tax

He had an itsy fitsy when his bill could not get passed

So the itsy bitsy spider went looking for revenge

And itsy said he’ll never sign another bill again.

The itsy bitsy spider wanted to reduce

The government budget. Itsy doesn’t have no use

For asylum seekers coming here who’d also like to be

like the itsy-bitsy spider, enjoying liberty.

The itsy bitsy spider forgot it’s not just him

creating legislation. Itsy doesn’t seem to know

he’s not the most important legislator anyone has known, so

he vetoes everything and tells them no, no, no, no no.

The itsy bitsy spider seems like he has inflated

his own self- importance which is a little over-rated.

It’s a problem that is treated with some sure de-levitators.

That is heading to the State House to deal with the Legislators.

The itsy bitsy spider can have a real hard time.

Just like Nikita Khrushchev sometimes you think he’ll pound

his sneaker on the table when he gets very mad. Whoops!

That’s the part we fantasized. Has itsy had past lives.

The itsy bitsy spider did not come out of nowhere.

His message is so simple. You wonder where he found

the voters who believed him. Voters sometimes can be the sucker

now they’re left to try and find a way to impeach… the itsy bitsy spider

…went up the water spout

Once he was up there no one could get him out.

So they had to make him governor. Now they’re sorry Itsy sits

up there cause the itsy bitsy spider keeps having little fits.

 

In the Department of Poetic Justice (The song and dance genre): All I Want Is My Debt Deferred

From Susan Cook | Part of the The River Is Wide series | 03:23

Well, in my state the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting published a lengthy article about a veteran lawmaker who is strongly supporting a bill to allow copper and zinc mining in pristine rural parts of the state by the brother company of a firm that has forgiven a debt of about $150,000 that he owed the company. In our poetic justice department, we today offer this poem "All I Want Is My Debt Deferred" which can be sung to the tune of "Wouldn't it be loverly" from "My Fair Lady" from The Great American Wrongbook.

Gravelpit2011_small Well, in my state the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting published a lengthy article about a veteran lawmaker who is strongly supporting a bill to allow copper and zinc mining in pristine rural parts of the state by the brother company of a firm that has forgiven a debt of about $150,000 that he owed the company. In our poetic justice department, we  today offer this poem "All I Want Is My Debt Deferred"  which can be sung to the tune of  "Wouldn't it be loverly" from "My Fair Lady".

“All I want is my debt deferred”
-Susan Cook-
(to the tune of “Wouldn’t it be loverly” from “My Fair Lady”
All I want is my debt deferred
Way up north where I keep my word. 
I don’t down in Augusta.
Forgiving debt is not a crime. 

All I want is my gas bills paid
Irving’s lawyers get off my case.
So I can sleep more calmly.
No, it isn’t bribery.

All I want is a nice new mine
on Bald Mountain. It’s not that fine
an example of  forest. Mining
isn’t larceny.

All I want is the bill to pass.
You know, I like my trout, my bass.
Copper and arsenic in streams
might help other species last. 
I can’t help it if Irving Oil
bought up forests in my home towns
and what they really want is
me to have my gas station.
What I mean is when I retire
I’ll go home and sit by the fire
And Irving does not want me
worried about unpaid bills.


All they want is Bald Mountain mines,
No one goes there, just porcupines
And moose and deer and beavers.
Jobs are my priority.
As you know, I am not corrupt.
You know I’m not one who will erupt
in public or in meetings, except 
when you’re accusing me.
It’s just that what I really want
is a mine out in my back lot.
I mean Aroostock County.
That’s where my gas station is.
I do not commit larceny,
embezzlement or bribery
I have a private business. 
That is none of your business.
Irving can’t help it if I made
public office my second trade
When I’m not selling gas,
donuts, soda, or Gator-ade.
As I’ve said, I am not a crook.
Ethically, I go by the book.
I wrote it long ago when 
I was Speaker of the House.

Let’s not go there. What Irving wants
is a mine. That is not a crime.
Forgiving debt is kind. And  
all I have to say is it’s lover-ly.
 

"I Wonder Whose Pocket She's In" (The song and dance genre): A Lyrical Tribute to Corporate Influence on Elected Officials

From Susan Cook | Part of the The River Is Wide series | 05:46

Well, in my state we have a remarkable example of corporations having their way with state legislators to pass a bill that- in the long run did nothing but pay the corporation millions in cashed-in tax breaks. And the two legislators (one from each party) who sponsored the bill got nothing but $16,000 in donations to their personal PACS. This has sparked wonder and awe and inspired a lyrical tribute "I Wonder Whose Pocket She's In" which can be sung to the melody of the 1909 hit song "I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now", if you like a good song instead of a bracing lyrical poem.

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Well, in my state, we have a remarkable example of corporations having their way with state legislators  to pass a bill that- in the long run- did nothing to solve the problem the bill was supposed to solve. 
Thanks to the investigative reporting of the Maine Sunday Telegram, we know that in 2011 our legislature passed an investment opportunity bill to encourage investors to put their money into low-income communities. All is good.  The problem is, the legislature passed the bill without any requirement that the money the corporation invested (in exchange for tax breaks  equal to 39% of the total investment)  actually be spent on the community  it was supposed to help. And worse- if the corporation didn’t pay any taxes in the state- they could just cash in that 39% of the money they invested for real real dollars.  Thus, a corporate investment which looked like 40 million dollars on paper for a failing Maine paper company ended up with the investors getting 16 million dollars in cashed-in tax breaks, millions to pay off other debts, $8 million for the investment corporation, $500,000 to lawyers and brokers, and a ripe  $16,000 to the two legislative leaders (one from each party)  who sponsored it.  
Why a complex bill was passed without the due diligence that the public trusts legislators to have- is an unknown. We only know the 2 sponsors of the legislation received about 16 thousand dollars for their PACs for sponsoring it and pressuring their colleagues to vote for it.. 
I mean, really only 16 thousand for the two legislators- when millions were being passed from investor to investor?
This sparks wonder which here inspires verse- well, song, if you’re a singer because the verse can also be sung to  the melody from the 1909 song  “I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now.” (Check it out on You Tube!)
And so our verse asks  “I Wonder Whose Pocket She’s In”
I Wonder Whose Pocket She’s In
(to the tune of I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now)
I wonder whose pocket he’s in
Now that she’s left office again.
I  suppose that the guys 
whose pockets he  lined 
Still like the paydays 
his decisions inspired.
Electeds aren’t paid all that much
and you know campaigns cost as much
as a lawyers’  down payment
When they’re hired by the complainant
Who’s discovered a problem that the laws
Should have solved.
Campaign contributions go into  remission
When the Federal Election Commission
Puts the numbers online
In a font called  Tiny Fine
And they’re alphanumerically
listed  in rhyme. 
You know  I’m just kidding with that.
You just have to know where they’re at
I mean the descriptor
Of the name of the sister
Of the corporate custodian who works 
weekends sometimes. 
And there on line eight thousand ten
She’s managed to give him again
The monetary limit
For a candidate who’s in it
For the long haul and knows 
his big pay day won’t come…
Til’ he opts to not seek again
The office where he used his pen
To put into place  
the gravy and baste 
the fat critter that some 
Corporation has raised.
Their regulatory dismays 
Resemble a  purgatory in ways
Their  projects go on  hold.
Til the owners grow old
And cannot  recall
The best number to call…
To tweak the one they have  elected 
Who waits at his desk .He’s rejected
a number of bills 
his donors s want killed.
But never when
picturing James, George or Ben.
Which now brings us back to our question
About an elected’s  intention
When citizens call 
and encounter a wall
And the call’s  placed on hold
til  the elected’s  gone home. 
So now he’s back home. Has he been offered
A  job that will top off his coffers.
And soon he can request
the suit lawyers  like best
at Brooks Brothers with  pockets
that won’t cramp his knees or their sockets. 
I wonder whose pocket he’s in
Now that he has  left office again.
I  suppose that the guys 
whose pockets he  lined 
Still like the paydays 
his decisions inspired….

A Sonnet for Negative Ads

From Susan Cook | Part of the The River Is Wide series | :57

Sometimes, there is an ineffable quality to the offensiveness of negative campaign ads. We turn here to the sonnet to express deep concern about negative political ads. Thus, for this 2014 Election Campaign season, "A Sonnet for Negative Ads".

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Sonnet for Negative Ads
-Susan Cook-
The ads have turned negative trying to
win votes. They imply it’s Godzilla now
running for office, a gorilla who 
loves big fat liberal doctrines.  Don’t ask how
he says it. Apparently he’s signing.
He’s now been discovered, his cover’s been
blown. He’s taking your tax dollars, mining
social security, this with a  win 
on Tuesday if he's succeeded, deceived
you into thinking he’s really human,
stands on two legs, counting votes he’s  received.
Voters beware! Gorillas are looming.
Out, out with the negative! You’re the real louse,
harming all creatures including the mouse.
 

Sonnet for Vladimir Putin

From Susan Cook | Part of the The River Is Wide series | :57

Vladimir Putin has polarized Ukraine, as much as possible. Why not the world? Perhaps a sonnet will remind us of what is lost by such polarization.

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Sonnet for Vladimar Putin
In Independence Square that day, her face
held in his hand, they kissed. Back then, detente
protected them, his arm around her waist, 
that year, that day. Cold War memories still haunt
them, when love was impossible, above 
all, she without him, he without her, caught 
in diplomacy. But then Gorbachev
imagined a boy, a girl and love. Arms ought
to be for holding, international 
relations, so Gorbachev created
detente. That day, with things more rational,
in the square, love was reciprocated. 
Putin would like to end such caressing,
love his nemesis, countries confessing. 

Sonnet for the First Fish, Best Fish

From Susan Cook | Part of the The River Is Wide series | :51

Sonnets are a way to find optimism in difficult times, like the Government Shutdown. This is a sonnet that acknowledges that the first fish is the best fish and can provide for many.

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Sonnet for The First Fish, Best Fish

-Susan Cook-
The first fish is remembered as the best
fish. It is the one that when it was caught
(remember, there were only two, the rest
elusive that day) it ended all thought
and fear they'd  have to go without, suffering
where it didn't need to be, unfounded.
If there was one, there would be enough, bring
in more the next time. We were astounded
that what looked like deprivation for so
long might not be that at all. The first fish
meant that those who had been turned away, no
compassion for their need, could be fed with just this.
The first fish will be the best, where the start
begins, for our minds, the eyes, for the heart. 

Ode to Mr. Roubini's West Grand Lake Bass

From Susan Cook | Part of the The River Is Wide series | 03:05

In Maine, Bass fishing on West Grand Lake is a destination respite for many, including Mr. Nouriel Roubini, the legendary economist who was almost single-handed in anticipating the 2008 housing collapse and world-wide recession. This "Ode to Mr. Roubini's West Grand Lake Bass " is revisited as he has now predicted a worldwide recession in the wake of widespread tariff induced trade wars.

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ODE TO MR. ROUBINI'S WEST GRAND LAKE BASS

MR. ROUBINI, DO  YOU THINK IT WAS THE WEST GRAND LAKE BASS
THAT HELPED YOUR BRAIN CELLS  FORECAST THE 2008 CRASH?
WHEN YOUR FRIENDS HAD IGNORED THE CREDIT DEFAULT SWAP  DERIVATIVES,
AND IN 2009, BEGAN TAKING SELECTIVE SEROTONIN RE-UPTAKE INHIBITORS,
DID YOU GO HOME, OPEN THE FREEZER, REACHING DOWN   PAST  THE CASH,
 GET OUT THE BUTTER, AND SAY "LET'S HAVE SOME MORE BASS!"

LUCKY FOR YOU, SOME BASS STILL REMAINED
FROM YOUR SUMMER FUN FISHING IN GRAND LAKE STREAM, MAINE.
WHICH ALL BRINGS US BACK  TO THE VERY BIG QUESTION
OF INTRODUCING ALEWIVES , NOT YOUR USUAL ECONOMIC REFLECTION.
PLEASE FOCUS  THOSE BRAIN CELLS ON THE FUTURE AND THE PAST.
 TELL US, WILL INTRODUCING ALEWIVES TO THE ST. CROIX RIVER DRIVE OUT  THE BASS?
IF YOU THINK THAT THEY WILL, CALL YOUR LEGISLATOR AND TAKE SIDES.
THERE ARE  EXPERTS THAT AGREE WITH YOU, THE GRAND LAKE STREAM GUIDES.
THESE ARE THE GUIDES WHO SHOW YOU WHERE TO FIND  BASS
( OMEGA-3S FOR THE MIND ) SO YOU CAN  MAKE A GOOD ECONOMIC  FORECAST.
WE KNOW MR. ROUBINI, YOU DON’T HAVE X-RAY VISION TO HELP YOU DELIVER
AN ASSESSMENT OF THE TOPOGRAPHY UNDER THE 1850'S ST. CROIX RIVER
BUT IF YOU WERE AN ALEWIVE FACING A 20 FOOT INCLINE
DOESN'T THAT  SOUND A LOT LIKE THE STOCK MARKET IN JANUARY 2009?
MR. ROUBINI, THE ONLY WAY FOR THE ALEWIVE IS UP, UP AND UP
BUT FOR ALEWIVES TWENTY FEET IS REALLY QUITE TOUGH.
YES, THERE ARE STRATEGIES, YOUR SPECIAL NICHE
BUT "BUY LOW, SELL HIGH" DOESN'T HELP OUT A FISH.
DON'T WE ALL WISH, OBAMA HAD HAD HIS SPEED DIAL?
WELL, HE PROBABLY DOES AND CHECKS IT EVERY ONCE IN AWHILE.
MR. ROUBINI, MANY THINK THE COUNTRY CAN'T MISS
WITH YOU  ON HIS SPEED DIAL AND YOUR WEST GRAND LAKE FISH.
MR. ROUBINI, YES, THERE ARE THE CRAPPIES AND LITTLE  SMALL TROUT
(AND NO, WE'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT HOW THEY WILL  VOTE.)
YOUR TASTE BUDS ARE NURTURED ON MICHELIN 5 STAR CLASS
SO THAT MEANS NOTHING  QUITE SUITS YOU LIKE A WEST GRAND LAKE BASS.

The Prologue 2018 
"The 2018 Prologue, Mr. Roubini, time to fire up the grill,
Get out your best marinade, put the Allagash on chill.
Your very best guide in this time of tariff upheaval
is not Bloomberg News or today's Wall Street Journal.
To keep your title as Dr. West Grand Lake Bass,
your Omega-3s jumping, still saving our last
nickels and dollars from going out with the tide,
go to www.grandlakestreamguides."

-SUSAN COOK-

In The Department of Poetic Justice (The song and dance genre): "Donald J. Trump"

From Susan Cook | Part of the The River Is Wide series | 02:46

In Today's Department of Poetic Justice, The River Is Wide offers a musical tribute to 'Donald J. Trump' to the tune of 'Seventy Six Trombones'. from that all-American treasure Broadway. Sing it if you're in the mood for song. Say it if you feel like no one is telling the truth.

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In the Department of Poetic Justice

‘Donald J. Trump’

To the tune of ‘Seventy Six Trombones’

A Musical Tribute
 from Susan Cook

 

Donald J. Trump says he doesn’t want to see

Anymore Muslims come to his country.

He wants to know what the hell is really going on

Since he thought that there was nothing wrong.

Donald J. Trump has now found his perfect mate.

A different circumstance, she could have had a date

With that old New York Stallion that used to go a-tailing

Twenty-something clones of Sarah Palin.

Donald J. Trump does not like scenarios

Where he’s disempowered , is not allowed to blow

Up and explode if he’s confronted with the truth

That he’s got no idea and doesn’t know

How Donald J. Trump would get terrorists to stop

Since militants hide before you can kick their ass

What Donald J. Trump has not said but

What he’s planning on is he’ll call a New York City cop.

Donald J. Trump does not like to plan ahead

He is a man of action who’ll act instead

Like the extensive record of Donald J. Trump

Placing his head adjacent to his rump.

Which Donald J. Trump thinks is such a special feat

For someone who won’t do yoga and likes to eat

It means he can still perform like when he was back in heaven

Watching models BLANK at New York’s Club Fifty Seven.


Donald J. Trump is not dating currently. Decadent

He won’t be. He’s running for President

Which brings up a favorite topic

That Hillary ignores ,’When did she realize Bill had a taste for..


Donald J. Trump will tell Hillary what side is up.

Donald J. Trump has .been there. He lapped it up.

Whenever his wives found out, he took the only decent course.

He said ‘Sue me. Where is my divorce.’


Donald J. Trump thinks he thinks presidentially.

He is excited. Coincidentally,

He is adopting a son to tell what Presidents should know.

His name is Mayor Bill Diblasio.


Donald J. Trump wants America to know

He has admired Muslims especially when they go

marry another woman and do not have to hire

a lawyer just because Donald J. Trump was feeling bored and tired.

In The Department of Poetic Justice (and The Great American Wrongbook): "Donald J. Trump- The Evangelical Version" (The song and dance genre)

From Susan Cook | Part of the The River Is Wide series | 02:59

In Today's Department of Poetic Justice (and The Great American Wrongbook), "Donald J. Trump- The Evangelical Version" which could be sung to the tune from "Seventy Six Trombones" from that Broadway treasure 'The Music Man' . Remember the story? A man goes to River City, Iowa where he intends to slam-dunk the town into giving him their most valuable asset to buy uniforms for a grand blustery band but abscond with the money before forming the band. Or you can just read the words silently to yourself.

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In the Department of Poetic Justice and The Great American Wrongbook
‘Donald J. Trump- The Evangelical Version’
To the tune of ‘Seventy Six Trombones’
A Musical Tribute


Donald J. Trump is a Presbyterian
because he believes God thinks they’re superian.
God’s second preference is like Mr. Falwell
knows is to be an Evangelical.


Evangelist thinking’s slightly different
than Donald J. Trump’s. They think it’s significant
That their daughters are pure which has a special kind of meaning
Which Donald J. Trump finds a little Muslim-ish and boring.

Of course that does not mean Mr. Falwell can’t
have admiration for those religious rants
Donald J. Trump gets into . The man’s got fire and brim
which Mr. Falwell finds exciting when they’re about women

That Donald J. Trump has dated. They were temporary
while he contemplated entering seminary,
a thought he abandoned when he learned they had a rule
he could not bring his hairdresser along too.

Donald J. Trump left out biographically
His religious predilections and his fantasies
And now that he's planning on becoming President
He wants America to see his deep ambivalence

When Donald J. Trump ignored his religiousness
Mr. Falwell knows things God  would never bless
Of course, after he victimized those models by watching them as they were getting LA____
Donald J. Trump now says went he outside afterwards and he prayed.

At least that’s what Donald J. Trump will surely tell
Evangelicals. They don’t vote for Presidents who are headed straight for hell.
Security cameras did not exist at Studio Fifty Four
And Evangelicals could not even get in the door.

But America should not hold its collective breath
to find out if Donald J. Trump has now actually confessed
To religious propensities like getting down and praying
At Studio Fifty Four .You don’t suppose he was doing a little master…

Donald J. Trump hopes praises from Evangelicals
will give him their vote,and save him from being sent to hell
Coincidentally, he might rename his tower "Nobis Deus"
capturing Italian votes as well.

In the Department of Poetic Justice 'L-I-M-B-O' A Tribute to a Fictional Radio Host (The song and dance genre)

From Susan Cook | Part of the The River Is Wide series | 03:25

From the Department of Poetic Justice, here at The River Is Wide , we offer an original composition, titled 'LIMBO'. There is such confusion and frenzy in Presidential politics right now. It's time to turn to the comfort of an old familiar tune, BINGO, with new words, composed as a musical tribute to a fictional radio host named 'Rushton Limbo' . Here is the poetic and lyrical song called 'LIMBO'.

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L-I-M-B-O-

A Musical Tribute to Rushton Limbo, a fictional Radio Host

To the tune of the song ‘BINGO’

 

-Susan Cook-

 

There was a guy named Donald Trump. He’s now a big problem.

He says he is Republican but really he’s a DEM.

Oh, L-I-M-B-O, L-I-M-B-O, L-I-M-B-O, Limbo is my name.

Mitt Romney said Trump has small hands just like the Democrats

Your pockets Donald Trump will pick and tax and tax and tax.

Oh, L-I-M-B-O, L-I-M-B-O, L-I-M-B-O, Limbo is my name.

Mitt is a Mormon, kind of like an Evangelical. Mitt didn’t know picked

pockets anatomically related to the Donald’s …

Oh, L-I-M-B-O, L-I-M-B-O, L-I-M-B-O, Limbo is my name.

I’m feeling rather horrified . Republicans steal my negativity

My radio shows’ copyright. They’re using it for free.

Oh, L-I-M-B-O, L-I-M-B-O, L-I-M-B-O, Limbo is my name.

What’s his name from Ohio, Ted Cruz and Rubio, did not use proper logic like I do on radio.

If Donald Trump can do it, I can run for President, broadcast from the White House since I’ll be the resident.

Oh, L-I-M-B-O, L-I-M-B-O, L-I-M-B-O, Limbo is my name.

I have a simple strategy. It is my campaign trick. To get me to the White House I will win come thin or thick.

Save us from Bill and Hillary. Right wing the Republic. My promise is to ban debate about the Donald’s ..

Oh, L-I-M-B-O, L-I-M-B-O, L-I-M-B-O, Limbo ‘s where I remain.

I never thought anatomy was Presidential news and actually I hated Bill and Hilary as well.

Now we have Republicans who bring it up again. They think it is essential for the votes they’ll need to win.

Oh, L-I-M-B-O, L-I-M-B-O, L-I-M-B-O, Limbo ‘s where I remain.

Republicans compare these thing. Why couldn’t they keep still.

Instead we lost our biggest condemnation to vote against Hillary and Bill.

Oh, L-I-M-B-O, L-I-M-B-O, L-I-M-B-O, Limbo ‘is my new name.

In the Department of Poetic Justice: LIMBO, A Musical Tribute (The Leave It To Beaver version with song and dance)

From Susan Cook | Part of the The River Is Wide series | 02:53

In today's Department of Poetic Justice, we offer a musical tribute to a fictional radio host, Rushton Limbo, who poetically longs for the respite of television watching and the iconic "Leave It To Beaver".

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L-I-M-B-O-
A Musical  Tribute to Rushton Limbo, a fictional Radio Host-
The Leave It To Beaver Version
To the tune of  the song ‘BINGO’
-Susan Cook-
My name is Rushton Limbo. I have a big TV.
It’s not nearly as interesting as listening to me.
But lately I’ve been thinking
So fascinatingly
Of turning on my TV, a little break for me.
Oh, L-I-M-B-O, L-I-M-B-O, L-I-M-B-O, Limbo is my name.
‘Leave It to Beaver’ is still on. I will be watching him.
Ward Cleaver is a lot like me
Way back when I was slim.
I’d like to watch some re-runs.  I don’t go on the web.
Especially the one of a President, denying he had sex.
Oh, L-I-M-B-O, L-I-M-B-O, L-I-M-B-O, Limbo is my name.
I have the fondest memories.  A nice big scrapbook too.
Of pictures of a girl from then.
I bet you know her too. Please join me in remembering
We’ll hold our nose together. As we recall repulsively
What our country had to weather.
Oh, L--I-M-B-O, L-I-M-B-O, L-I-M-B-O, is my name.
My moral sensibilities were shaken to the core,.
Oh why couldn’t Newt Gingrich
Get Bill Clinton out the door. So un presidentially, his index
Finger pointed, he even lied to you and me
Said he did not have sex.
Oh, L-I-M-B-O, L-I-M-B-O, L-I-M-B-O, Limbo is my name.
I’ll get out my old videos.
They help me to relax, less turmoil,
at least nobody has brought out a blue dress.
My job gets harder everyday. With the GOP's big clammor,
Where did Mitch and Newtie go, with Hastert in the slammer?
Oh, L-I-M-B-O, L-I-M-B-O, L-I-M-B-O, Limbo is my name.
The only thing I have to do
Is think of Hillary. Can’t  raise my Prozac dose
Higher, lest I  end up asking her on my show.
I need some comfort  now that the GOP’s upended,
a little harmless Beaver. Don’t go there, no pun intended.
Oh, L-I-M-B-O, L-I-M-B-O, L-I-M-B-O, Limbo is my name.
 

A Citizen’s Guide to Small-minded Denigration: A Sixty Second Moral Inquiry, Two and ½ Minute Conspiracy Theory presented in a Sonnet for The Department of Poetic Justice

From Susan Cook | Part of the The River Is Wide series | 01:34

In honor of the upcoming Presidential race, The River Is Wide presents a melding of our favorite features. A Citizen's Guide, A Sixty Second Moral Inquiry and Two and 1/2 Minute Conspiracy Theory presented in a Sonnet to place In the Department of Poetic Justice. Random The River Is Wide Series is not.
The topic:
A Citizen’s Guide to Small-minded Denigration (or a Conspiracy to Throw the Ethical Female Presidential Candidate Under the Bus for what She has Never Done).

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A Citizen’s Guide to Small-minded Denigration  (or a Conspiracy to Throw the Ethical Female Presidential Candidate Under the Bus for what She has Never Done):
A Sixty Second Moral Inquiry, Two and ½ Minute Conspiracy Theory presented in a Sonnet for The Department of Poetic Justice
Diligent Presidents also can be
women. Intelligent, insightful,
reliable, prestigious, humanly
accomplished, with sound judgment? Delightful!
What will have nothing to do with the job
she will do is the employee who lacked
judgment and chose a sick ex-husband, robbed 
sense.  The staffer, small-minded, at the back
of the  bus, the Opponent now sinks to
say, should be used to run out the admired
Woman, who should be President, linked to
small mindeds just because of who she hired.
Hostile cruel minds Either sex can be numb.
Formidable President?  She’s the one.

Sonnet for the US Ducks Independently Verified to Have been Neither Forcefed for Foie-Gras Production Nor Plucked of Their Feathers and Down During Their Lifetime

From Susan Cook | Part of the The River Is Wide series | 01:17

A United States outdoor clothing store sells coats, labelled to assure us that the down is from US Ducks Independently Verified to Have been Neither Forcefed for Foie-Gras Production Nor Plucked of Their Feathers and Down During Their Lifetime. Scott Pruitt who sued the Environmental Protection Agency over a dozen times has been installed as the agency's head. In reading the label on a down coat, I have found consolation, hope and small victory that our environmental sensibilities will survive, sentiments presented here in a sonnet, in the Department of Poetic Justice.

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Sonnet for the US Ducks Independently Verified
to Have been Neither Forcefed for Foie-Gras Production
Nor Plucked of Their Feathers  and Down During  Their Lifetime
-Susan Cook-

I want these ducks to know my faith in our
country has been re-nourished by this feat
when they grow the down , in their pro-life hour
in their solitary stance against the elite
practices that feed the rich while the ducks
live lives of strangulation, the minute’s
peace, lost, the moment when the neck curves, tucks
itself inside the plush gift. Diminish
the significance of the gift, the down’s weight,
the coat that will keep anyone warm, no
matter their social standing, EPA
head or not? Surely, they’re not our new foe.
Even ducks saved from force feeding won’t feed
you, Mr.Pruitt, your stick figure needs.

Sonnet for Whom the Bell Tolls Now that White Men Vote Down Healthcare

From Susan Cook | Part of the The River Is Wide series | 01:07

The House of Representatives' healthcare bill denies maternity care and continues to deny health insurance to 18 to 25 year olds. Maine's Representative Poliquin fled to the restroom when reporters asked about his vote to pass the bill. Only a sonnet conveys the stark neglect of human beings of this white man's bill, in the Department of Poetic Justice.

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Sonnet for Whom the Bell Tolls Now after The White Men Vote Down Healthcare
-Susan Cook-
The bell does not toll unselectively
anymore. It tolls for whom white men  want
it to. Those for whom we’ve wept - give me
your tired, your poor, your huddled mass, who want
to be free, remember- are left on bare
Mattresses. Newborns are a wealthy man’s tax
burden, babies denied health care, once they’re
born. Mr. Pro-Life’s knife, stabs at their backs
and now Representative Poliquin
hides in the men’s room. The truth has a fist,
that now endures and cannot be hidden.
In his healthcare vote, newborns don’t exist.
The bell tolls now for white men, who squander
this country of hope, the lost who’ve wandered. 

Sonnet for What Will Be Well

From Susan Cook | Part of the The River Is Wide series | 01:01

Poems are solace. After Brussels, a Sonnet for What Will Be Well.
"There are events that narrowly avoid
crossing our paths, every day but let you
be...You can thank your lucky stars.

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Sonnet for What Will Be Well

-Susan Cook-

 

There are events that narrowly avoid

crossing our paths, every day but let you

be. You can thank your lucky stars, small voids

somewhere in space, crevices that kept you,

danger’s possibilities still there. My

mother used to say that, my father, too,

their authority broader, because I

began to believe that somehow they knew

when I should or shouldn’t trust fate, rely

on faith to know what will be well in life.

‘Shipwrecked. Lost everything. All is well,’ my

Grandfather , last dime spent, wrote to his wife.

‘Thank your lucky stars,’ he might have murmured,

to dark waters, the rescuers’ voice heard.

"My Funny I.T. Guy" To the Tune of "My Funny Valentine'' (The song and dance genre)

From Susan Cook | Part of the The River Is Wide series | 02:08

A musical tribute to "My Funny I.T. Guy" . Blackberry phones - like former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had- used to be considered difficult to hack. The F.B.I. - having revealed their lack of technological competence very recently- now claims with conviction that her emails could have been hacked even though they have found no evidence of that and found fewer than 10 out of 30,000 emails worthy of a higher level of security- afterwards.

If the FBI now has new information technology sophistication, why don't they spend our taxpayer dollars on getting rid of truly offensive material anonymously sent in emails.

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'My Funny I.T. Guy'
to the tune of My Funny Valentine
-Susan Cook- 

 
My Funny I.T.  guy
now at the F.B.I. ,
Blackberries are hackable ?
I've  always  read they weren't
I.T. guy, now it hurts.
You said they are. Are you sure?
They're made in Can-
ada. They are our biggest fan.
Thank God it's  not an I-phone.
You'd be back at Square One 
If Hillary won't come
clean about  her password then.
My funny I.T. guy
you'd  only have 10 tries.
Then there'd be  nothing  to hide.
What were there  5 or 6   
of 30, 000 mixed 
in ambiguously?
Oh Funny I.T. guy,
you seem cyber-deprived.
Mr.Tech  That's what you got.
Haven't you ever read
what Sherlock Holmes once said
the apparent's hard to find.  
Now you're not trying to bump
you-know-who, tiny jump
so he'll keep you on the job.
So much for McAfee, Norton
catastrophes,
why wasn't Bill back at home
clicking on  Update Now,
Power Eraser wow, 
to pick off those sneaky bugs.
The ones the Ruskis left 
inside the server, heck,
most likely women so  hot,
I mean the Russian ones, waiting for 
what you've been looking for.
Where were you, I.T. guy.
My funny I.T. guy
why can't you 
find out why
The F.B.I. 
can't dissolve 
emails for enhancement,
enlargement, 
romance meant,
for real, our time, by cupid sent. 
Since you can't seem to find 
Hillary undermined
or got hacked for anything, 
My funny I.T. guy,
now at the  F.B.I.
why can't you  try to find
Who's struggling to find
who's cheating 
on your time
my funny I.T. guy. 

A Musical Tribute to the 2016 Presidential Primaries: "Tonight" (The song and dance genre)

From Susan Cook | Part of the The River Is Wide series | 01:22

The River Is Wide today offers a musical tribute to the 2016 Republican primaries to the tune of "Tonight" from the Broadway musical "West Side Story." The tribute is called '"Tonight".

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‘Tonight- A Musical Tribute to the 2016 Republican Pirmaries’

To the tune of ‘Tonight’ from West Side Story

-Susan Cook-

Tonight, tonight,

won’t be just any night.

Tonight we will be hearing

more news.

Voters don’t want

a President named Cruz

or Rubio politically,

who can’t tie their shoes.

At least, it seems

that way when voters

see the screws

now coming loose

When Rubio or Cruz

Tell them the truth

On what it is they’ d do

As president, what they’d choose.

If they can win.

But anyway they lose,

wondering what

Jesus would do.

Instead, they bring

Mitt Romney back

to soothe

them in his familiar voice

So similar to

An information

-ad

for laxatives

to re---move

You-Know-Who,

toooooo-night.

There's a Hole in Your Ozone, Mr. President (from The Great American Wrong book and The Dept of Poetic Justice)

From Susan Cook | Part of the The River Is Wide series | 02:52

Recently, millions protested government inaction on climate change and global warming. Let us find words to help the current administration grasp what global warming will end.

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There’s a Hole in Your Ozone, Mr. President
(sung to the tune of "There's a Hole in Your Bucket"

-Susan Cook-
There’s a hole in your ozone,
Mr. President, Mr. President,
There’s a hole in your ozone,
We will soon wash away.
Denial,  the logic, you’re using
Mr. President, Mr. President,
The logic you’re using is 
as small as a pea.
Not that kind,
Mr. President, Mr. President,
Not that kind, Mr. President,
No prostate involved.
It will hurt your golf course,
Mr. President, Mr. President,
It will hurt your golf course,
It will be washed away.
And even the women,
The hot ones, the hot ones
won’t like it, Mr. President
It will get their clothes wet.
Viagra won’t fix it,
Mr. President, Mr. President,
Viagra won’t fix it
Or put it back up.
No concrete and rebar,
Mr. President, Mr. President,
No concrete and rebar
Can patch up this hole.
Climatology is the word
For the science,
explaining why one more
degree is too hot.
I know that’s surprising,
Mr. President, Mr. President,
It’s totally different
Than women you’ve known.
This kind of hot,
Mr. President, Mr. Tillerson,
Is not one your EPA chief
Likes in a chick.
No matter how much
Mr. Tillerson, Mr. Tillerson
Earns for his shareholders
The world will still pay.
When climate change happens
Your cabinet spouses
Will act just like icicles
They’ll say it’s too hot.
There goes procreation,
Sexual recreation,
No physical actions,
They’ll all be too hot.
Colloquial meaning of hot
will have transformed.
 You’ll wish that your women
Were icy instead.
Even polar bears could teach
you Mr. President,
Too much of a good thing
Will take it away.
The Environment
shouldn’t be your next paycheck
Ivanka’s, Jared’s,
Tiffany’s or Exxon’s.
There’s a hole in your ozone,
Mr. President, Mr. Tillerson,
There’s hole in your ozone .
Wake up and feel the heat.

"You Scratch My Back, I'll Scratch Yours" In the Dept. Of Poetic Justice (and Reckoning)

From Susan Cook | Part of the The River Is Wide series | 01:48

In the Department of Poetic Justice, we offer a poetic tribute to the complex topic of hiring candidates for government jobs who carry heavy political indebtedness. Might be sung to the tune of "Love and Marriage" which was written for a 1955 production of Thornton Wilder's "Our Town".

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In the Department of Poetic Justice
‘You Scratch My Back, I’ll Scratch Your Back’
To the tune of Love and Marriage,
a song written for a 1955 production of Thornton Wilder's 'Our Town'

-Susan Cook-
You scratch my back, I’ll scratch your back
Julius Caesar didn’t take the right tack,
Handing out some big jobs might 
Help Brutus fix the numbers and do the  math right.
One for you and one for me, I guess
It’s kindness, a certain specialty,
political repayment
In the form of six figure paycheck improvement.  
You did my way, I did your way,
Surprise, surprise, I’m ready for my payday,
Call me clever, greedy,
Vote now, amigo, I’m feeling needy.
Just remember, when you cover
my butt, I  certainly will re-consider
yours when you’re caught lying,
vote trading,  need some good denying .
Exculpation, exoneration
Pardoning  in any situation,
You for me, no matter
Who else gets nailed- My checkbook fatter.
This is not Ukraine, or Moscow,
Putin territory, where you might go
Hoping for some bribing
In Maine, it’s done through legal hiring.
Advocacy, conspiracy,
Cover my butt, six figures should do that nicely,
I’ll advocate so publicly,
for your job, with the DEP or maybe public utilities.  
You scratch my back, I’ll scratch your back
Julius Caesar didn’t take the right tack,
Handing out some big jobs might 
Help Brutus fix the numbers and do the  math right.

In the Department of Poetic Justice: We'll Give You A Job (The song and dance genre)

From Susan Cook | Part of the The River Is Wide series | 01:47

In the Department of Poetic Justice, as we say "Sayonara" to Tom Price, government jobs distributed as they may be, a poetic tribute called "We'll Give You A Job" which might be sung to the tune "Home on the Range".

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In the Department of Poetic Justice (and Poetic Reckoning)
"We'll Give You A Job"
-Susan Cook-
To the Tune of "Home on the Range"
Oh, we'll give you a job
where the fat salaries are
and the pay is the highest you've had,
where seldom is heard, your skills being what they are,
what's required to get hired for this?
Jobs can be arranged,
if you do what I want when I say.
That may entail, never saying my name,
making sure our connection not clear.
Oh, jobs can be arranged,
where rewards will be dear
for your silence. Don't mention my name,
and the rest of your friends, we know what they will do
but remember they didn't tell you.
Jobs can be arranged
because I'm at the top of my game
and you and I  won't get caught with our hand in the pot.
It's your friends who are busy all day.
Yes, jobs can be arranged,
I forget what job you did, before you
rose up on my radar screen.
 Since you did just what I said, my involvement well hid,
You did landscaping,  now I recall.
Oh, we'll give you a job
where the fat salaries are
and the pay is the highest you've had,
where seldom is heard, since your skills are what they are,
is he minimally qualified for this?










In the Department of Poetic Justice- 'Casino' (The song and dance genre)

From Susan Cook | Part of the The River Is Wide series | 01:19

In the Department of Poetic Justice, a poetic tribute to longings for a casino.

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In the Department of Poetic Justice
‘Casino’
To the tune from ‘Maria’
-Susan Cook-

Casino, two guys who I know like Casinos
And suddenly I see how much they mean to me
right now. Me hired,
For a job,  somewhat bizarre. Oh, casino,
I had hoped my day’d come,  if I just played it dumb,
Oh, casino. 
And when complaints come in as public advocate,
regulations change, utility permits,
the neighbors might complain,
You’ll see the fix.  I’m in,  Casino. Just then
Dollar bills coming in,
If only I had known,
how much my bank book grown,
Casino.
And when people complain,
Just then I’ll mute my phone.
Casino.

In the Department of Poetic Justice: The Bills Are Alive to Get Rid of Healthcare (The song and dance genre)

From Susan Cook | Part of the The River Is Wide series | 04:00

Congress has taken on eliminating affordable health insurance coverage for all citizens. For many, this year is 'anno horribilis'. In the Department of Poetic Justice, we observe possible outcomes of the proposed plans- still in flux- and explore the implications.

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The Bills Are Alive… To Get Rid of Health Care..
To the tune of ‘The Hills Are Alive’ from the Sound of Music
-Susan Cook-

The bills are alive to get rid of health care
with words that exclude
for a hundred years
your arthritic knees, your heart palpitations,
the caratoid plaque
stopping your blood flow.
Since you’re too young for hip replacements,
dental implants, colonoscopy,
you won’t have to think
about how to pay for them
unless it’s an emergency.
So what if Mitch McConnell has his hemorrhoids
Something that just might happen to you.
Yours are very different
in his health care proposal
Itchy butt? Preexisting?
No surgery for you!
Crisis management won’t effect  you .
No anxious nights wondering how to pay 
for Health care. Morticians
remind you: when you die,
it’ll be just like you never knew.
There’s a chance all this might depress you
And your Zoloft has not changed a thing,
If you start self-medicating, drinking fifths of tequila
You’re on your own,
no in-patient  detox for you.
Unless you’ve paid for expensive premiums
And are insured for two thousand a month.
Oh Cigna, Aetna, Anthem, Republicans
in Congress 
are always there for you.
You aren’t a free-loading Socialist are you?
You know Donald Trump
doesn’t like them any more.
That’s why he’s proposing
The American Health Care Act
To kill off those he can’t manage to deport.
Susan Collins steps up pretending
That she thinks health care
is a good idea
Now that she’ll be leaving the Senate ending
Years of voting down
health care bills that were completely fair.

She and her husband, I guess that’s
 how they’re related
can get health care in retirement
You’ve  paid for it for her so very nicely
With every nickel, dollar, dime
that she voted to tax.
Next time an obese wealthy  Republican
-I’m not talking about you-know-who-
gets Medicare,
unsurprisingly
to pay for multiple bypass surgeries,
Just remember to thank us for buying
The surgical intervention for him .
Aren’t we kind,
nice and generous?
I’m talking about good old me and you? 
The lazy ones who don’t have unions
Or work at companies just too small 
to give coverage to their employees
WTF, why do you keep trying to make
the Republicans
Give to you after all?
The bills are alive to get rid of health care
with words that exclude
for a hundred years
your body, your health, your expectations
That the richest country in the world
Would  take care of you.

In the Department of Poetic Justice: "Scurrilious, Mr. Sessions said!" (The song and dance genre)

From Susan Cook | Part of the The River Is Wide series | 02:00

The Senate Intelligence Committee hearings about Russian meddling in the 2016 election are Scurrilous one especially important testifier said.

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Scurrilous
-Susan Cook-
To the tune of ‘Baby Face’
In honor of the testimony
before the Senate Intelligence Committee of
Attorney General Jeff Sessions
Scurrilous, you got me thinking this is
Scurrilous
You ask me questions
That I’ve already
told you before
I had no prior
knowledge for.
Squirrelish, you treat me just like I am
Squirrelish
Like I am running off
To hide something
in the backyard
Nuts, acorns,
I would not go that far.
Un furl-it, that’s what I do
With my flag, back at home
In Alabama, I mean my Old Glory,
Our country’s flag,
I don’t let her secrets
out of the bag.
Churlish, I know I seem a little
Churlish and
No, I’m not like that when
Russians came to the GOP
Convention,
So they can party with me.
Girlish, that Susan Collins, was so
girlish  when she told you
that I’m a decent, good
Hail fellow well met,
a.k.a Donald Trump’s favorite bet
For credibility
Now that it turns out Putin
Likes the inside track
 He won’t get from me,
Executive privilege, gee,
The Tiffany of privacy.

Scurrilous, you got me thinking this is
Scurrilous
You ask me questions
That I’ve already
told you before
I had no prior
knowledge for.

 

In the Department of Poetic Justice (The song and dance genre): "We're Going To Show You", after The Republican Senate Healthcare Bill

From Susan Cook | Part of the The River Is Wide series | 03:47

Now that the Republicans have rolled out the Senate version of Healthcare, a poetic tribute which could be sung to the tune of 'Getting to Know You' from My Fair Lady.

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"We’re Going to Show You"
In the Department of Poetic Justice
-The song and dance genre-
To the tune of ‘Getting to Know You’
-Susan Cook-

We're going to show you
now that the bill's in our hands.
We're going to show you, now
it's our time to grandstand.
Our healthcare bill
is Big pharma's special prize,
restoring our friends, the GOP  who’ve
been suffering from You Know Who.
We’ll not show him, no surprize.
^^^^
We’re taking our time,
we've been working real late,
how to give tax breaks
trying to calculate, how we can make sure
every nickel and dime
the rich have spent
on healthcare  problems, all tax deductions,
and won't give a cent
to those who don't have a dime.
^^^^
We are not greedy. 
You will not have any time,
to make calculations,
or to find reason or rhyme
for our deletion of Planned Parenthood funds,
while we give millions to wealthy men
each variation of pee-
nile correction, all paid for,
No condoms for girls.
^^^^
We cannot help it,
if  working people get sick.
If they were richer, maybe the idea would stick,
that subsidizing Insurance is bad for them.
They should be paying
Cigna, Anthem, as much as possible
Just so they can
Pay CEO’s millions,
Mostly they’re men.
^^^^
Senator Collins is female
as you all know
She doesn’t like it 
when the whole Senate can’t vote
So in committee she’ll vote yes
when she said
That she opposes a certain bill,
Votes to affirm it, forgets what she said.
With healthcare, oh well, you could be dead.
^^^^
The US Senate
is not a hospital ward,
Outpatient treatment, day surgery
Elective or more
Invasive procedures. Those are your problem my friend,
And when Bill Gates, Exxon, Mobil Oil Corp,
Other big earners get more and more
Tax cuts, Mitch says that’s your cure.
^^^^
We are not sorry if your health premiums go up.
The free lunch is over,
You will be sucking it up,
When your insurance costs
you more than a house.
Well, yes it’s starting to look that way,
Maybe it’s time for you to just say,
where’s China, Liberals in exile.
^^^^
This is our country,
Mitch and the Senators know
That’s why they run it
as if you have to be told
Your health dilemmas
make you seem like a wimp.
The only people who should be healthy
And strong, white wealthy men, ok, Betsy Devos,
Ivanka, Tiffany also.
^^^^ 

In the Department of Poetic Justice (from The Great American Wrongbook): Donald Trump's Executive Order Recently Filed; Your Colonoscopy is Driving Him Wild

From Susan Cook | Part of the The River Is Wide series | 02:43

Why haven't pharmaceutical companies and oil corporations been asked to make health insurance lower by reducing drug costs or refusing federal subsidies? A poetic tribute to Trump's Executive Order Gutting Affordable Care Act health mandates just like GOP Healthcare Bill Would. Still "Your Colonoscopy Drives Trump and the GOP Wild", in the Department of Poetic Justice -The Song and Dance Genre.

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In the Department of Poetic Justice - The Song and Dance genre
Donald Trump’s Executive Order Recently Filed; Your Colonoscopy Is Driving Him Wild
To the tune of ‘For Me and My Gal’
-Susan Cook-


Your colonoscopy is driving him wild.
Donald Trump’s Executive Order recently filed
Excludes provisions to subsidize
Exploratory tools that just might find

More G-I problems. They’ll refuse to pay.
You’ll have to fork out more money that way,
In other words health insurance costs
Are your own problem , says Mr. McConnell, to his boss.

The Federal Deficit is intricately tied
To your intestines, surprise. Surprise
Mr. McConnell and his Senate guys
Refuse to authorize or subsidize


Physical problems. Your body’s your own
Except for women. Or Big Pharma
Who wants you to loan
Your blood sugar, neurons, arthritic bones

So they can find hew drugs you’ll take at home
The Federal Dollars will not be substantially spent
On health care for Americans. Just tell me when
Did they become more important then


ExxonMobil, Tillerson’s fracking friends,
Eleven billion in subsidies sent
To colleagues of Tillerson and their friends
So they can see what might be down in there


Kind of like colonoscopy for the Earth
Money well spent, Republicans have said
But just remember. Please don’t forget
No condoms, birth control for Planned Parenthood


That drives the deficit, brings us to the brink
Financial disaster, Thank God the GOP
saved Big Pharmaceutical’s tail, ExxonMobile , too.
Financial ruin all because of you.


Your colonoscopy is driving him wild.
Donald Trump’s Executive Order recently filed
Excludes provisions to subsidize
Your health too, Mr. and Mrs. America, hope you don’t lose your mind.

In the Department of Poetic Justice (The song and dance genre): You Don't Know This But You're Making the Federal Deficit Too High

From Susan Cook | Part of the The River Is Wide series | 02:54

The Senate and House Healthcare bills will replace Obamacare subsidies with tax breaks for the wealthy. Meanwhile oil and gas companies continue to receive billions in federal subsidies for oil and gas fracking and exploration.

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In the Department of Poetic Justice (The song and dance genre)
“You Don’t Know This But You're Making the Federal Deficit Too High"”
To the tune of ‘You are 16 going on 17’
From the ‘Sound of Music”
-Susan Cook-
You don’t know this
but you’re making
the Federal Deficit
Go higher
than the GOP
can stand.
Why don’t you just confess?
Health insurance
is expensive.
When government pays out
That means the final
tally 
will be
as red as
Rudolph’s nose gets.
Mitch McConnell
likes his paycheck
and full health coverage.
He is a Senator
and you know,
he deserves
your last red cent.
He would rather
Exxon Mobil
Get subsidies instead,
Fracking, attacking, so
they won’t be lacking
Gas for their
SUVS.
Twenty-one
billion to Exxon-
from good old me and you.
Taxpayer dollars,
Their share is taller.
While You want
health care for free.
Mr Tillerson says ‘Oh no’.
He’s seen their
bank checkbook,
delegates overseeing
The small print
To What-his-name, if his
recall is spotty at all,
It just because he forgets.

Maybe he is stressed out,
needs a break
from the scrutiny.
His health insurance
Covers the cost
If he needs
some therapy.
If you’re feeling
stressed because your
insurance is too high,
visualize your
Generous side.
You’re helping Exxon to find-
More reserves of
Oil, gas. Pat yourself
on the back.
Oh I forgot, sacro-illiac
Pain has got you
Disabled.
Too bad buster,
Mitch can’t muster
Subsidies
To pay for
Your premiums. I’ll say it again,
Federal deficits are too high.
You don’t know this
but you’re making
the Federal Deficit
Go higher than
the GOP can stand.
Why don’t you just confess?

In the Department of Poetic Justice (the song and dance genre) : What Do We Owe You?

From Susan Cook | Part of the The River Is Wide series | 02:47

"What Do We Owe You?" This poetic tribute to the failure of the Republican sponsored bill to end healthcare for millions of Americans- could be sung to the tune from "Getting to Know You" . Hint-!!! What do they owe you? Not healthcare!

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In The Department of Poetic Justice
A Poetic Tribute to the Failure of the GOP Bill to Replace Obamacare
What Do We Owe You?
To the tune ‘Getting to Know You’
From My Fair Lady
-Susan Cook
What do we owe you
Nothing as far as we know.
What do we owe you
Don’t ask because we’ll say No.
Our GOP colleagues
Think your health care  is not
Something  we’ll give you.
Our wealthy friends
Tell us they’re struggling just to make ends
meet. Your body? Not ours to mend.

****
Mr. McConnell told us
we don’t have to vote
To buy insurance to cover
your tail. We got
two more elected
Senators, our fall guys,
To say no way will they ever vote
for this bill. No, we didn’t choke.
Obama care- we still will revoke.

****
Someday we’re going to
Repeal this terrible plan.
To help you buy coverage.
You know that Medicare
Was a terrible idea.
Thirty  million or more
who would have no
healthcare if we dumped
Obamacare. No, we have not jumped
ship. Someday we will get there.

****
There is a mountain. After we  vote
To repeal
Obamacare
You should absolutely go there.
Since Mitch McConnell will be
On display
He’s such a Great American guy
who always gives it the old college try.
Mt. Rushmore. There with the other four guys.

****

We are not saying
that it will take a long time.
We mean the carving of his image
Into stone.
Obamacare will hopefully
be repealed
by then, replaced with something
we like. More and more tax cuts,
give Bill Gates a break.
Well, not him, he’d just give it away.

****
We'll See you when we
consider a health bill again,
Yes, one more time
we will be trying. By then
We will have convinced 
one or two more of our guys
with  chutzpah. This is not Israel,
France, Germany, or any of the countries,
with free healthcare,
Ninety percent of the western hemisphere.

In the Department of Poetic Justice: ''Bannon's Farewell Pose'' to the tune of ''I'll Be Seeing You''

From Susan Cook | Part of the The River Is Wide series | 02:18

In the Department of Poetic Justice, to the tune from 'I'll Be Seeing You', an Ohm for Mr. Bannon.

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In the Department of Poetic Justice:
‘Bannon's Farewell Pose' 
A Poetic Tribute to the Departure of Mr. Bannon’
To the Tune from ‘I’ll Be Seeing You’
-Susan Cook-
Scaramucci didn’t read between the fine lines,
called reporters back, still read things in The New York Times,
I didn’t ever bother,
I never used words like suck or cock.
I’m a journalist.
You know I just like to talk.

I am Presidential. I think that came through.
Yes I’m allergic to
Certain foods, mold, cat dander too.
That’s why my nose looked stuffy
Kind of red, yes, my eyes too,
never got a chance to Photoshop my best side for you.

Then there’s Sean Spicer, Reince Pribus , they both do
A certain kind of yoga pose,
I’ll tell you just between us too,
I think yoga is liberal , Mahatma Gandhi had his version too
Who’d do that kind of thing?
Alt-left wingers ok Melania, too.

There might be a version made for alt-right guys
Politically on target
Where you keep your ammo by your side
I won’t have that much time,
I am not planning to retire
I’ll be back at Breitbart,
White guys only need apply!
Scaramucci may be starting his own studio,
Sean Spicer, Reince, maybe even
Mitch McConnell  might decide to go
And when the class is over
Lying in Shavasana,
They will all be chanting
Three times,
What happened,
Ohm, Ohm, Ohm, Ohm.

In the Department of Poetic Justice: Take Them Off Our Agenda (Ending Affordable Care)

From Susan Cook | Part of the The River Is Wide series | 02:01

The Senate Republicans have introduced a bill to send all Affordable Care Act funding back to the states so states can deny coverage to citizens and Republicans will get the problem off their backs. We turn to the Great American Wrongbook and the Department of Poetic Justice to fathom what they do. Could be sung to "Take me out ot the ball gamee."

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In the Department of Poetic Justice: Take Them Off Our Agenda
To the tune of ‘Take me out to the ball game’
On the NEW Republican Bill to Ignore Health Coverage for Americans
Take them off our agenda,
Take them off Medicaid.
Why should we divvy their healthcare up
Give states block subsidies,
Get this off of our backs.
If they live in Iowa, Texas
Where Ted Cruz shows his hand,
Once again does not give a rat’s ass
About their sick children,
their spleeny heart attacks.
Ted Cruz says just give Texas money
That used to pay for health care,
They can spend it on their own problems,
Maybe to help build
a Mexican wall.
That’s not birth control
For young women,
Maybe they’ll fix the homes
ruined by hurricanes  then make more
Climate change, a topic
Cruz likes to ignore..
There’s place where state legislators
Get to decide as well
If you can visit your doctor when
Your back is aching,
The place is called Hell.
At least Ted Cruz won’t have to answer
questions about his votes.
All the Republicans won’t be blamed
for turning their backs
when the voters complain
About soaring insurance payments.
Gee, Ted can’t help with that.
When they’re one, two, three times as high,
He and Mitch will not bat an eye.

In the Department of Poetic Justice: Uncle Donald Has a Farm

From Susan Cook | Part of the The River Is Wide series | 03:05

Turning once again to the Department of Poetic Justice and the extensive value of nursery rhyme to bring us to an appropriate level of understanding, the promise of poetry delivers.

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In the Department of Poetic Justice
Uncle Donald Has a Farm
To the tune of ‘Old MacDonald Had a Farm’
-Susan Cook-

Uncle Donald has a Farm,
Got it with your vote
And on that farm he had a fit
History will note.
With a fit fit there,
And a fit, fit here
Here a fit, there a fit,
weekend’s are a big big fit fit.
Uncle Donald had a farm,
Bought it with your vote.
Uncle Donald had a Farm,
Got it with your vote
And yes, that farm is very big,
History will note.
With a snort snort here
and a snort, snort there,
Mar-a-largo ,
snort, snort,  snort  there,
Uncle Donald had a farm
Got it with your vote.


Uncle Donald has a Farm,
Got it with your vote
Likes to fit his golf game in
Every chance he got,
With a cheat cheat there
and a cheat cheat here
Drop a stroke, Move the ball,
Who will know he faked it all,
Uncle Donald has a farm,
Got it with your vote.

Uncle Donald picked his team
Scarramouchi too,
Started out with Sean Spicer,
But he had to go
With a Tom Price here
and a Bannon there
Comey, Pribus,
Prett Bharara,
Uncle Donald had his team
Fired them you know.


Uncle Donald doesn’t like
People who know more
Than he does
so what he does
Shows them to the door
Sally Yates, Michael Flynn,
Ethics Smethics Walter Shaub,
Michael Short  and Dubke too,
All have lost their jobs.


Uncle Donald doesn’t see
What the problem is
Thinks he’s back in New Jersey
Hitting a golf tee
With the ball up there
 and the ball down there
Random, Land em
Any where there
Uncle Donald doesn’t see
What the problem is.

Uncle Donald hired  a
Mouthpiece for his staff,
tells her what occurs to him
No thought of aftermath
Ms. Sanders says it word for word
Irresponsible, absurd,
Uncle Donald
Hired her
Thoughtlessness  what he prefers.

Uncle Donald had a Farm,
Got it with your vote
hired some small minded folk
Ee-yikes- oh no yikes oh no,
With a world threat here
Some racists there
Here a thug, there a thug
Everywhere some sheep dung
Uncle Donald had a farm,
Bought it with your vote.

The Freedom to Succeed and the Mind's Eye:One Runner's Success

From Susan Cook | Part of the The River Is Wide series | 05:01

In Maine, recently, an internationally known annual road race was held . 6338 runners raced. One runner in the group of the first 183 spent a full year- in another state locked up- not for committing a crime- but for having a mental illness. In some states that is still possible.
This year he missed the first 100 places in the 2017 Maine Marathon by a few minutes.

In order to have success you have to have freedom to succeed. And there are hundreds of obstacles to that - in this country- still touted as the free-est nation on earth. We know it's not always but most of us still hold out having the freedom to succeed as America’s cherished offering .

The current political rhetoric ignores that. The anti- freedom to succeed catch phrases of this Presidential election cycle remind us of that. Don’t let immigrants come here. Build a wall. She must be a liar-don’t let her succeed. Don’t trust her. And yes, he’s not fit countered by she’s not fit. I guess it comes down to success being having the freedom to succeed, and then seizing it. Many, many people don’t do that but that’s what this runner did. Where a person finds the motivation let alone - as another runner called it the audacity to hope- that success is still up for grabs- I don’t know. It takes a large mind to see what small minds shut out-and who is shut out. But it has nothing to do with the mind’s size. It has more to do with the mind’s eye- that sees the horizon, like runners see, when they get out on the road, getting out on the road, giving it another go, giving themselves the freedom to succeed, with only 182 others in front of them. It also takes a culture or a country that yes, may hold them back for awhile, but not long enough to take away the freedom to succeed for good.

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The Mind’s Eye and the Freedom to Succeed: One Runner’s Success
-Susan Cook-
In Maine, recently, an internationally known annual road race was held . 6338 runners raced. An American Olympic hopeful won  this 10 K race. He had fallen short by a hideously small amount of time in the Olympic trials, coming in 5th thus losing the chance for Olympic success. In the 10K, the other 6337 runners ran slower than he did. Only 183 of those who ran raced in less than 38 minutes, 10 minutes slower than the winner. The slowest runner took an hour and 37 minutes to finish.
One has to wonder what makes for that ten minute difference between coming in first and 183rd.  After all, 6155 of them ran slower than  they did.  Even so, racing in less than 38 minutes must have like have felt like an extraordinary success.
One runner in that group of 183 spent a full year, in another state locked up- not for committing a crime- but- for having a mental illness. In some states that is still possible. Even in states where locking someone up for having a mental illness is legal , the laws still champion the Right of Recipients of Mental Health Services to refuse medication, to not agree to a treatment plan and to not acknowledge a diagnosis.  So this runner spent a year, under lock and key, with no diagnosis, no administered medication and no treatment plan, until, finally, a local judge - with only court-assigned  lawyers to defend the case- gave the runner freedom.
Setting someone free meant setting someone free to run. The constraints on running, progress and practice, before, was not time, not motivation, not a gust of headwind or a sudden injury . Literally the constraint was a  lock and key. And so the running began. Meaning that the chance to be one of the top 183 runners was there. Free, for real.
In order to have success you have to have freedom to succeed. And there are hundreds of obstacles to that. in this country- touted as the freest nation on earth. We know its not  but most of us still hold out having the freedom to succeed as America’s cherished offering .   The current political rhetoric ignores that. The anti- freedom to succeed catch phrases of this Presidential election cycle remind us of that.  Don’t let immigrants come here. Build a wall. She must be a liar-don’t let her succeed. Don’t trust her. And yes, he’s not fit countered by she’s not fit. I guess it comes down to success being having the freedom to succeed,  and then seizing it. Many, many people don’t do that  but that’s what  this runner did. Where a person finds  the motivation let alone - as another runner called it the audacity to hope- that success is still up for grabs- I don’t know. It takes a large mind to see what small minds shut out-and who is shut out. But it has nothing to do with the mind’s size. It has more to do with the mind’s eye- that sees the horizon, like runners see, when they get out on the road, getting out on the road,  giving it another go,  giving themselves the freedom to succeed, with only 182 others in front of them. It also takes  a culture or a country that yes, may hold them back for awhile, but not long enough to take away the freedom to succeed for good.          

The World According to Suck-Ups, Part 2: The Falcon TeachesThe Country About Independence

From Susan Cook | Part of the The River Is Wide series | 01:15

If this Presidential era is The Era of the Suck-Up, as the new book "Sucking Up: A Brief Consideration of Sycophancy" suggests, the falcon, not the eagle, may be a model for our National Character. Thus, "A Sonnet for the Falcon."

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            The Falcon Teaches The Country About Independence:
Sonnet for the Falcon

-Susan Cook-

 

Tonight, the falcon hears the falconer.

She has no intention of leaving him,

talons resting gently, gloved finger, her

ancient reassurance of this system,

knowing she'll go places he can't find.

She does then,  sees him peering skyward,

wondering if she's gone for good, his mind

caught too. Absence pierces silence, is heard

even when it's very brief. Birds of prey

prepare us for predictions we can't make:

the clock that stops when someone stays away,

the meal the falcon can't return to take.

Tonight, falcon and falconer rehearse,

those lost, now found, dream of the universe.

In the Department of Poetic Justice: If You Had a License Like Alabama's Natives Give..."

From Susan Cook | Part of the The River Is Wide series | 02:46

In the Department of Poetic Justice, and the Great American Wrongbook, "If You Had a License Like Alabama's Natives Give.." sung to the tune from "I Want a Girl Just Like the Girl who Married Dear Old Dad".

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                                      In the Department of Poetic Justice:

"If You Had a License Like Alabama's Natives Give.."

To the tune from "I Want A Girl Just Like the Girl Who Married Dear Old Dad"

From the Great American Wrongbook

-Susan Cook-

                                      If you had a license like Alabama's natives give

to men who suddenly cannot decide

why they shouldn't take teenagers outside.

Get her into the vehicle and lock up both the doors.

She won't have what is often called a choice

No one will hear when she raises her voice.

Remember some day she may finally get a certain chance,

to tell the world that while he called her M'am

Roy Moore groped her, now calls it water over the dam.

 

Jeff Sessions, Evangelicals all knew him way back then.

They made like they never heard about assaults.

Now his wife says that it was not his fault.

Fast forward to this time and the license to assault

that Alabama's GOP gives out, a sign of depravity their default

moral position because  remember what we said.

They gave this lawyer license way back then,

still are giving it - does it never end?

 

Women seen as there for exploitation, FGM

another way to keep her mouth shut tight.
Roy Moore likes it that way-

in Southern, you just say "Oh, men."

Jeff Sessions according to Maine's Senator Collins,
is a decent, fair-minded man.

Alabama's Board of Bar Overseers should do whatever they can.

Take Roy Moore's license back, so he will never practice law.

We'll keep our fingers crossed that Jeff Sessions

drops his amnesia and will not come to Moore's defense..

Then he won't have a license like Alabama's natives give

and  men who suddenly cannot decide

will change their minds. No more taking teenagers outside.

In the Department Of Poetic Justice: "I Want a Leak Just Like the Leak that Richard Nixon Had..."

From Susan Cook | Part of the The River Is Wide series | 02:13

Drawing from The Great American Wrongbook, in the Department of Poetic Justice, which could be sung to "I want a Girl Just Like the Girl..."

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 In the Department of Poetic Justice (The Great American Wrongbook)
" I want a leak just like the leak that Richard Nixon had."
(To the tune of "I want a girl just lie the girl who married.." )
I want a leak just like the leak that Richard Nixon had.
A real eye-opener with special news,
Liddy, Watergate-ish and then he blew a  fuse. 
I want a leak just like the leak that Richard Nixon had.



I want to see lab results from a strand of someone's hair,
or clippings when he gets his toenails cut,
fingernais engrained with who knows what.
I want to see lab results from a strand of someone's hair.


I want to see behavioral comparisons each day.
Please check the weekdays close to the weekend.
Thursday, Friday, right near the week's end.
I want to see behavioral comparisons each day.


Where are the officials who monitor him day-by-day?
It's not like these are minor infractions,
Western civilization gone during his binge.
Where are the officials who monitor him day-by-day?
 
Kelly, Sarah Huckabee, even Mr. Tillotsen,
could give him a pat on his shoulder pads,
whoops, coinicidentally, happen to snag,
one strand with the follicle, answering what we have asked.

I want a leak just like the leak that Richard Nixon had.
A real eye-opener with special news,
Liddy, Watergate-ish. He might blow a fuse.
I want a leak just like the leak that Richard Nixon had.

In the Department of Poetic Justice:It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas..."

From Susan Cook | Part of the The River Is Wide series | 03:39

There has been a sudden shift in the hopeful tides that the Christmas season brings- toward hope that the majority in the US Senate will change. The current one passed a tax bill that thinks children are only important if they sit on Corporate Boards. And makes policy that says life ends as soon as labor and delivery are over! No increase in tax credits needed for child care. And no funds allotted for Children's Health Insurance.

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‌In the Department of Poetic Justice: It's Beginning to Look A lot Like Christmas
(and the Great American Wrongbook)
-Susan Cook-


It's beginning to look alot like Christmas,
every screen you see.
On the televised news updates,
they've opened the floodgates,
a new guy finding a new place!
We are noticing there will soon be someone
with no history of offering
young girls that he'll give a ride,  
as soon as their inside
molestation, ignoring their cries.
Maybe this means a time is coming
when men won't act like  females are
objects they can abuse,
because they'd like to use
them. They show us what they are made of!
Maybe it means The US Senate
will finally take a look around
and ask themselves privately
would they take the chance and leave
a female child with their colleagues.
Maybe it means they'll stop protecting
corporate wealth while children stay
in day care that's marginal
no background checks to show
what the caregiver might know.
Maybe they 'll finally stop and realize
that the people who can't vote
are not just the unenrolled,
they are also those whose clothes,
all small sizes, onesies.
Maybe the Senator from Bangor
will finally get the drift of it:
that someone must stay behind
pay for day care, somehow find
money to care for the child.
Maybe the Senator will speak up
if she happens to take note
that tax credits for robots
indecently coopt
child care credits, parents lost.
Maybe because the tax bill does not
include a word about children,
she could finally take it on,
ask Murkowski, maybe Mitch
where's the pro-life in that?
It's beginning to look like Mitch McConnell
has confused reality,
thinks the GOP doesn't need
children who do not yet hold seats
on Boards of Major Companies.
Here's an idea for Susan Collins,
she can share with her colleagues.
How about they all confess that
their policy suggests life starts with sex,
ends just after the birth?
It doesn't matter if you're fourteen,
twenty-one or fifteen months,
Republicans now believe
you should never get reprieve,
on college loans, no health care free.
It's beginning to look alot like Collins
is sucking up. We don't know why.
But the news coming in today
says there may just be a way
a Democratic majority any day.
It's beginning to look alot like Christmas,
every screen you see.
On the televised news updates,
Alabama opened the floodgates,
a New Senator put in place.

Human Resource Guy Scarramouchi on Bannon's Farewell: Department of Poetic Justice

From Susan Cook | Part of the The River Is Wide series | 02:29

Turning to the Department of Poetic Justice and the tune from "I'll Be Seeing You", a poetic tribute to Scarramouchi's recent observation about why Mr. Bannon left the White House staff.

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In the Department of Poetic Justice: Human Resource Guy Scarramouchi Weighs In on Bannon's Farewell
(To the tune from "I'll Be Seeing You" from The Great American Wrongbook)

Scarramouchi used to be an H.R. Rep
before his career took off.
You all know  the job he left.
He used to hand out check-lists.
"Do you work best by your self?
When you're on a team
are you at your best?"


He called on those H.R. talents
when his country asked him to
step up to do public service
for a special "You know who."
He had his checklists with him
mentally completed them.
Myers-Briggs profiles
can predict success.


Of course Bannon's would have helped
the country know ahead of time,
Presidential spokesperson
not the best use of Bannon's time.
Scarramouchi knew this
which is why he later said,
"Bannon's problem is he was a bad hire."

Introverted, extroverted
makes a world of difference.
Intuition better left behind
when the country faces a crisis,
Thinking qualitatively
leaves feeling far behind.
Bannon, soon would show,
constant judging his gift.

EIFJ Scarramouchi
knew that was Bannon's profile.
Extrovert, intuitive,
feeling, judging all the time.
Alas, Joint Chiefs of Staff
all come up as introverts.
Sensing, thinking,
perceiver on Myers-Briggs.

Scarramouchi knew this,
Myers-Briggs work from his HR days.
Tried to tell the President
Bannon will not last, not with his profile this way.
HR skills may be what
Scarramouchi  brought with him.
His Legacy knowing Bannon
was not a good hire.....

In the Department of Poetic Justice: You Don't Know This But Your Civil Rights Are Violated

From Susan Cook | Part of the The River Is Wide series | 04:43

From The Great American Wrongbook and In Today's Department of Poetic Justice, a poetic tribute to the question: what's wrong with violating the civil rights of citizens who go to public hearings to testify. Could be sung to the tune from The Sound of Music, "You Are 16, Going On 17".

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In the Department of  Poetic Justice: You Don't Know This but Your Civil Rights
(and the Great American Wrongbook which could be sung to the tune "You are 16 Going On 17"
from "The Sound of Music")


-Susan Cook-
You don't know this but  your civil rights
on the Internet,
can be reduced
to mush and you can't say
or even make a guess
Who it is because you can just bet
they will not tell you.
Their IP numbers
lead you in circles
out on the World Wide Web.


Politicians and their staffers
think that their job includes
negative, hostile
demeaning, caustic
words they will aim at you.


Lunatic for criticizing,
exposing you could say,
electeds who don't know
why the voters
should have something to say.



Staffers can be good at lying
And maybe you should know,
Erhlichman, John Dean,
Haldeman, that scene,
dirty and just obscene



Politicians, dirty staffers
sometimes go hand-in-hand.
And in this Nation,
From DC  to Maine
some often do slip through.



They will spend their time in the State House
trying to discredit you,
on your  tax dollar,
Privacy Guarded,  on sites
they've come to know




Where they'll post demeaning comments
Democrats do it too
While their Communication
Director pretends
she just doesn't know.



When it's  time for applications
for jobs at the State House
misogynistic, fascist,
or sexist, oh well,
hide email notes?



Call the  other party's staffer
try to get him on board.
Proxy, so toxic,
civil rights blocks it
when people file suit



Since the limitations
of the statute are not met
Solar pronouncements
liberal announcements
don't allow or defend



Violating civil rights,
the Director doth approve,
legal, illegal, law school achievers
might help prevent abuse.


Maybe yes or maybe no. Depends
if where they'd like to end
elected to Congress,
where they won't confess
their civil rights offense.


Pump it up and put it out,
the environmental news
sent to the press
now would be hard-pressed
to find out his real past.



If the Speaker brings corruption
into their messaging
there goes the free press,
Antidotally keeps
Democracy different


From some fascist dictator
who believes the  public blames
who she decides 
will ruin her game plan,
public jobs,  personal gain.



Human rights, their  violators
aren't just in one party,
Democrats, 
GOP  staff,
ignoring your civil liberties.


When they decide they will take
the b-i-t-ch out to the woodshed,
law school, a small school
compared to the
leadership's big decree.
Staffers who don't see big pictures,
bigger than Africa,
Ukraine, Rwanda,
where leaders still launder
human rights they've squandered



Are in danger of repeating
just what they've done before
violate people who
speak at a hearing.
We have seen all of  this before.

In the Department of Poetic Justice "What Do I Owe You? I Thought I Already Paid"

From Susan Cook | Part of the The River Is Wide series | 02:45

Reconciling one man's self-defined Free Trade Agreements (Eeew) is hard to do. A Poetic Tribute to the lyrical dilemma of paying $130000 for something you don't think you should have to pay for because you are fabulous but you are trying to buy someone's silence so you can be elected to a high public office with the support of Evangelical Christians.

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In the Department of Poetic Justice: What Do I Owe You?
(The Great American Wrongbook)
to tune of "Getting to Know You"
from "The King and I"

-Susan Cook-
What do I owe you?
I thought I already paid.
What do I owe you?
I do not like to be made
into a shyster.
Your rates were far above
my financial free trade
agreement. My private codeword
for what I should not have to get
a bill for.  That's not fair trade.
I am not saying
I did not enjoy time with you
I guess I neglected
to ask the same question of you.
for a couple of hours
(was it longer than that?)
for which I paid. Did you realize
that I am a senior- AARP- as well,
discounts  qualify. Couldn't you tell?
Don't try to tell me
sixty-five plus you begin
to charge by the hour
instead of counting item  by item.
"Je ne c'est pas"
how your bottom line fares.
I just know when I did real estate
finishing the deal
no matter how long it takes
one price from start till the end.
So by those standards no
don't take this wrong but it seems
one hundred thirty thousand, well,
No, you didn't tell me-
there is a difference between
older  fellows who last
I guess you could say. Than those on rapid lunch breaks.
Just like our country, you defer payment
for debt. Who carries that kind of cash?

I just don't get it.
President Clinton you know, 
notoriously went out
at lunch time for his quick  runs
in Little Rock. I am guessing he thought
money would cheapen deep love he had,
He made sure no cash would ever changed hands
No paying it forward,
he a liberal man.

I'm not a liberal but
I believe there are times
when paying it forward
helps cover the bottom line.
Eventually, the past 
may bring up incidents
when changing the spelling of your name
would help avoid future repayment claims.
You weren't there. Cash was for your doppelgang

In the Department of Poetic Justice: All They Want Is Their Bonus Checks

From Susan Cook | Part of the The River Is Wide series | 02:56

From the Great American Wrongbook, in the Department of Poetic Justice, a musical tribute to the Maine Legislature's recent corporate welfare giving 3 million dollars annually- to build sonar-equipped warships- all the while helping the Right Whale become extinct.

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 In the Department of Poetic Justice
(and sung to the tune from The Great American Wrongbook:
'Wouldn't It Be Lover-ly?)

"All They Want Are Their Bonus Checks.."


All they want are their bonus checks,
General Dynamics to re-invest
into retirement from
money Mainers give to them.

Thanks to the bill the Democrats
helped to pass, 3 million greenbacks
in tax repayment. My goodness
Maine is such  a wealthy state!
 
They forgot minor aged
children who survive by the grace
of God. Oh well let's make sure
Jon Fitzgerald gets his bonus paid.

Trickle up! That is their motto.
from taxpayers. You'd think they'd know
that sonar-equipped warships
also decimate the whales.

I'm not talking about the top
managers. General Dynamics got
their cast of go-to suckups.
Maine legislators don't ask much

And they'll vote for a bill to please
BIW. Right whales that  are now deceased
don't vote. Democrats will say
whales are not in their district.

Environmental logistics
aren't their problem. The statistics
indicate right whales never signed
 a clean elections check.


Whales don't know what a traitor is,
mind their business
who knows just what that is.
Maine legislators don't. Jobs are their priority. 

Deny  they're suck-ups on a good day.
Year end bonuses they'll  give away
to multi-national corporate
lobbyists willing to pay

Shipyard Workers to stand outside
Maine's Statehouse. They don't realize
3  million dollars won't add
to their pay a single dime.

Turkey sandwiches don't cost much.
Legislators who like to be sucked up
by lobbyists. When will they
start to see things globally?

Dedicating the extinction
of right whales, a legislative proclamtion
to Maine's House legislators selling out,
for mayonnaise, mayonaise, mayonaise, More Mayo please.


In the Department of Poetic Justice: Stop Guessing Just Whose Financing was Used... (and The Great American Wrongbook)

From Susan Cook | Part of the The River Is Wide series | 02:01

A musical tribute to a certain one hundred and thirty thousand dollars which it turns out a certain President did reimburse his lawyer for which had nothing to do with a certain election in 2016.

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In the Department of Poetic Justice: Stop Guessing Just Whose Financing was Used...

(and in The Great American Wrongbook)

which could be sung to the melody from "New York, New York"

 

Stop guessing just whose

financing was used

to pay a certain woman a fee

she thought she was due.

Because now Rudy blows the cover

Michael Cohen discovered,

Sarah Sanders, new news for you?

 

Maybe he forgot

a bargain he thought

he got or maybe that's the only

checkbook he ever lost

when he hoped we'd elect

him, president, neglect to inspect

check memos: "This one's for sex."

 

Now Sarah must spin

the spot he is in. Did Rudy call her first

to explain the logic she will bring

to speaking nationwide

saying he never lied.

You know how lawyers

keep clients' hands tied.

 

The only thing worse

than Mike Cohen's curse

if his client spoke up

said, Yes he had re-imbursed

one hundred thirty thousand bucks,

because sometimes his lucks

run out or he forgets who he...

 

 

Start spreading the news.

Embarassed V. 2.

But Mr. Trump will say at least he's telling the truth.

Unlike the White House Correspondents

host, Ms. Wolf made comments

embarassed the Constitution and the Bill of Rights too.

 

Sarah Sanders might

get her turn next time

while Michelle Wolf is exiled,

excommunicated too

and next year's Nobel Prize

for fiction, Sarah Sanders wins one.

She'll be the Nobel Board's new P.R. hire.

In the Department of Poetic Justice: Someone Must Have Planted

From Susan Cook | Part of the The River Is Wide series | 03:55

Musical tribute to the Mueller investigation, sung if you like to the tune from "Some Enchanted Evening..", "Someone must have planted...."

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In the Department of Poetic Justice

(and the Great American Wrongbook)

 

"Someone must have planted..."

(which could be sung to the tune from "Some Enchanted Evening")

-Susan Cook-

 

Someone must have planted

something in our laptops

or in our valises. How could they ever know?

Democracies don't

mean for sure, they won't

do whatever they can

to get at the truth.

Yes, I was trying to find some friends

down there in DC,

hoping I would win.

 

I had never been there,

to the Oval Office

except in my day dreams

I thought that I could show

the management staff

how they could improve

the heating and cooling systems

since I know

which ones are better,

lowering the rate

for heat expenses.

I sell real estate.

 

 

Who knew Jared Kushner

went to all those meetings,

here and there a sandwich

with people who would know

the best banks to use

for funding just whose

mortgages, leases

I never quite knew.

I was quite busy

working at Trump Tower,

Mar-a-largo into

the wee hours.

 

So I'll guess I'll tell you

on my I-phone I have

gotten emails from some

women I never knew.

And now I must ask,

is that where they hacked

when I exchanged messages, yes, I sent back.

Yes, they were women,

Russian what they

said, "Hot and excited"

Some wanting to bed.."

 

Sometime in the future after the election

when I had some spare time,

of course, I never knew,

the first selection

for President then

would be yours truly.

Even I was surprised.

Then I had no time to email back

President Trump.

They'd think their

laptops hacked.

 

It turns out I should have

had them all deleted

when I took a chance on

clicking the email line.

Now Mueller believes

that real estate deals

were on my mind. Does he forget

my first rule.

If there are women,

looking for some fun,

shapely and pretty,

I'll get the deal done!

 

 

Someone must have planted

something in our emails,

in plants on the desk top

or in the office where

yes, when I was bored,

I'd go through the more

than 10,000 emails from Russians,

well, wh....

Now the FBI,

sent their guys too,

I bet they open

those hot emails too.

 

 

Someone must have planted

something in our laptops

or in our valises. How could they ever know?

Democracies don't

mean for sure, they won't

do whatever they can

to get at the truth.

Yes, I was trying to find some friends

down there in DC,

guess what yes, I won.

What Do We Do # Me Too? In the Department of Poetic Justice (and The Great American Wrongbook)

From Susan Cook | Part of the The River Is Wide series | 02:36

From the Great American Wrongbook, possibly sung to "What'll I Do?", the Planned Parenthood GAG order and the GOP's knowledge of what goes on in a woman's body.

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In the Department of Poetic Justice

(and The Great American Wrongbook)

"What Do We Do, # Me Too?"

(sung to the tune of "What'll I Do?")

 

-Susan Cook-

 

 

How would he know,

he's in his Senate seat

and so he's not inside

the woman's body when she does not know

fertilization's arrived.

Mitch still thinks he's the one

who decides what

she does.

 

 

Mr. McConnell's gynecology

did not earn him degrees

nevertheless

his mind is focused on

a certain female body's recess

If we say where it is

Morning Edition

will not play that word.

 

 

So while we are on that topic

let us ask

just how it comes to this

GOP Senators and Congressmen

still give themselves access

To women's private parts

that Terry Gross can't

mention on Fresh air.

 

 

Mr. McConnell thinks that he knows best

just how the zygote fares

if it's in residue

from opiods

or something else she's used

I mean the woman

who was blanked one night

Steve Inskeep can't say it on air.

 

 

The man and woman made their bodies touch

McConnell says he knows

exactly if the woman can caretake

a child, or will Mitch care

when there's there's a birth

a new drug addict

neglected. It's just not fair

Will Mitch then just say,

Republicanly, "Oh, well, not mine to care?"

 

 

I shouldn't say

it's just Mitch McConnell,

Ted Cruz and Rubio

and Donald Trump- no surprise-

will control Planned Parenthood

as if they know-

what's good-

for a woman's body.

When will they lose their jobs

be fired too.

Their decisions grope

women's bodies

WE are their victims.

Hey wake up! Where are you?

No more groping.

Hash tag it's your turn

ME TOO!

"It Had To Be -Un [Kim Jong]" In the Department of Poetic Justice (and the Great American Wrongbook)

From Susan Cook | Part of the The River Is Wide series | 02:46

A musical tribute to the historic meeting of minds in Singapore, to the tune from "It Had To Be You",

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In the Department of Poetic Justice (and from the Great American Wrongbook)

"It had TO Be -Un"

(could be sung to the tune from "It Had To Be You")

 

It had to  be -Un.

It had to  be -Un.

I travelled around, until I knew I'd found my -Un.

Yes, he's kind of short, oh, he's a brat,

said I was crazy,

how'd he know that.

It had to be -Un,

Wonderful -Un.

My -Kim Jong-Un.

 

Hey, maybe he said,

we won't move ahead

and try to agree,

I said "We'll see" . Hey, you know me.

Turns out he'd like

to take more time off,

like to be spening his time playing golf.

And I told him,

Hey I've got the spot

for my Chairman Kim.

 

Now, he won't be yearning,

just thinking and learning

refining his aim

fixing his game with that

golf club he's aiming.

He just needs time,

try to unwind ,

get South Korea off of his mind

That's what he'd like,

a golf course to hike,

see what he can find.

 

I told him I know

a place he can go,

practice his putts

Hey, no, he's not nuts.

Mar-a-lago

could be just right

for Chairman Kim.

You heard me say,

It had to be him.

Prime real estate,

right here in the States.

It had to Kim.

 

When he said "Ahnee",

I said "We'll see.

Kept saying "Eh"

like Trudeau would say,

but this guy today

he means, "Oh Yes"

He'd like to see

Palm Beach. Get out there.

Land some on the greens.

For this guy today,

It's "Yes", not just "Eh"

That's what he means.

 

Ok, we forgot,

Gulags that was not

top tier today

When I said "Eh, eh"

so they haven't gone away.

The first human right

that we'll address

a man and his golf game

Who would've guessed?

The guy is a hack

would like to get back

to working his game.

 

So you can relax

he'll be with the hacks,

Sunday, even more

No nukes to distract

as he attacks

getting his line so that his putt

will make him a winner,

My guy Kim Jong-Un

Putting it in, Sounds like I win.

It had to be -Un.

Sonnet for Donald Hall (after reading his essay on growing old)

From Susan Cook | Part of the The River Is Wide series | 01:07

Donald Hall died on June 23rd. A sonnet written after reading his essay on growing old.

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Sonnet for Donald Hall
(After Reading His Essay on Growing Old)
-Susan Cook-



Oh, Donald Hall, of course, you know that
barns, for generations, have been lost
when one last winter snow storm tears the past
apart, barns like time, there until they're not.
And Donald Hall, I'm coming by to cook
for you, who've lived the inexplicable:
that foods are truly love, the loves that look
you in the eye, the meal that leaves you full.
And Donald Hall, your tree sees where you sit
and all who've watched before sitting by your
side. Bending back in time, were you a finch?
The tree a boy? We'll never now for sure
if trees were boys or men were birds. We knew
only this man. That's you, now.  See? That's you.

Chick-Fil-Ay, Hey, Here I Come: In the Dept of Poetic Justice (and Reckoning). Mr Pruitt leaves the EPA

From Susan Cook | Part of the The River Is Wide series | 02:39

A tribute (which could be sung to a tune from the Great American Wrongbook and a song from the musical "Bombo") to the Departure of Scott Pruitt from The Environmental Protection Agency

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In the Department of Poetic Justice

(and Poetic Reckoning)

and from The Great American Wrongbook.

"Chick-Fil-Ay, Hey, Here I Come"

sung to a tune  from "Bombo"

-Susan Cook-

Chick-Fil-A Hey! Here I come right back where I started from!

Emissions, permissions,

No worries at night.

On Posture-pedic, I'll be sleeping real tight!

Memory-Foam, innersprings will do.

Back at home, there'd be no toodoo!

My right hand man or girls could pick up my shirts,

at the dry cleaners, Do ethics mean I throw my suits in the wash?

 

 

Time for me to get back home

set new legal standards low,

Contaminated soil, water and air

Well, in my phone booth,

no smells, Why would I care!

Asthma, smazmah, they'll regret

All the laws I couldn't get

accomplished because my friends showed up

a surprise meeting! Lobbyists, what the heck!

don't write in "Days-At-A-Glance".

Sometimes they don't get the chance

to write down "Meeting at the EPA!

Scott Pruit promises he'll pave the way!"

 

 

You bet now that I'll be gone

Those reporters will be long

on explanations. In The New York Times

Morning Edition, Politico will find

more problems I didn't have .

Won't just leave it, Have to have

the final say and try to be the last

to say "Good riddance to Pruitt's sorry ass..."

 

Chick-Fil-A Hey! Here I come

right back where I started from!

Emissions, permissions, Ha!

No more worries at night.

On Posture-pedic, I'll be sleeping alright!

Memory-Foam or innersprings will do.

Back at home, there'd be no toodoo!.....