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Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2007 11:33 am

People's poetry

Jacqueline Jackson presents

Untitled Document politicopoem #4

dynasty talk is going on
beware of voting for hillary
we’ve had enough too much
of the bushes and look at all
those kennedys if they hadn’t
been killed off but who sees
chelsea going into politics
so what if she does we’ve had
two good adamses plus two
distinguished roosevelts
even though fifth cousins
plenty of senators gores bayhs
wisconsin all the better for the
la follettes doesn’t look like jeb
is running or those two worthless
daughters wouldn’t eleanor
have made a grand president

© Jacqueline Jackson 2007
Dill pickles with strawberry jam? Pregnant women are known to go for late night meals like that. And the senses can go haywire. Here Jessy Randall, of Colorado Springs, gives us a look at one such woman.
Superhero Pregnant Woman
Her sense of smell is ten times stronger. And so her husband smells funny; she rolls away from him in the bed. She even smells funny to herself, but cannot roll away from that.
Why couldn’t she get a more useful superpower? Like the ability to turn invisible, or fly?
The refrigerator laughs at her from its dark corner, knowing she will have to open it some time and surrender to its villainous odors.

Reprinted from A Day in Boyland, by Jessy Randall (Ghost Road Press, 2007). American Life in Poetry is made possible by The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine. It is also supported by the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Ted Kooser served as the U.S. poet laureate 2004-2006. For more information, go to