For Our Friends in Illinois

Posted for a variety of prompts:

Catchwords (Baldwin quote – below)

Easy Street Prompts (“flush” and “living the postcard”)

Heads or Tails ("watch")

Meme Express (“fruitcake”)

Simply Snickers (“wave,” “wild” and “wing”)

Sunday Scribblings (“I believe”)

Weekend Wordsmith (“pinstripes”)

For Our Friends in Illinois

This limerick series is particularly suited for our friends and loved ones in Illinois, where Governor Rod Blagojevich was arrested on charges of attempting to market President-elect Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate seat to the highest bidder. Blagojevich faces multiple bribery charges as well. Obama denies any link to the scandal. We are certainly watching.

Take a Seat, Guv-nor -

A Poetic Handle on an Illinois Scandal

(On the Rod Blagojevich Scramble to Sell Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate Seat)

“The price one pays for pursuing any profession or calling

is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side.”

(James Baldwin, American author)

Dear Guv-nor, a cruel twist of fate,

Does place you on justice’s slate.

By dipping the till,

Your coffers to fill,

You’ll learn to make new license plates.

Your pinstripes, you’ll trade for new stripes

For mingling with wilder types.

You’ll wave through the door

In wing forty-four

While banging your speeches on pipes.

By selling Obama’s old seat,

You now brand-new contacts will meet.

They’ll shout, “I believe

You tried to deceive,”

As crow and stale fruitcake you’ll eat.

You’re living the postcard and more,

Sad chapter in Illinois lore –

The piper you’ll pay,

As you’ll go away

For hosting a Senate price war.

And yet, voters might offer grace,

If you would your guilt not erase.

Come clean in a flush,

And put down your brush.

Perhaps you’ll outlive your disgrace.

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  1. Hi! Thanks for stopping by Grace Today! I look forward to getting better acquainted!

  2. A light amusing take on a serious subject. I like the way you kill so many birds (prompts) with one stone.

  3. Hi Linda thanks for visitngmy blog.
    I love horses and humour too.

  4. Sometimes things are so dire that all one can do is spoof them in a poem. Maybe poets have fewer ulcers than other folk!

  5. Did you send this to his staff? Might be a good idea! Good work!

  6. Your poetry shines no matter the style or content. Great Job, Linda!

  7. I love these and the way you ended them is perfect!

  8. If Clinton can rehabilitate his image after Monica, maybe Blagojevich can do the same.

    These days, who knows?

  9. Like the way you did this, Blagowatsit? there must be a blogosomething wordplay for this man!

  10. delightful contribution to poetry train
    I want to hold your hand

  11. What a wonderfully creative response to this nasty business! I agree with Tumblewords ... sending this to his staff (or an Illnois newspaper) is an excellent idea!
    Hugs and blessings,