‘Dear George’ and Other Poetry by Jane Blanchard The Society April 17, 2016 Humor, News of Note, Poetry 4 Comments Dear George, If only you were living at this hour, Day, week, month, year. These times are newly strange— Hilarious, but not. You had prime power To forge a nation, though within the range Of law. Good whisky and false teeth might help Us muddle through an age without decorum, As candidates bite both their thumbs or yelp Outrageous claims. With each and every forum Intemperate behavior seems to spur Support! Since no one sounds a louder note Than some audacious trumpeter, which sir Or madam, native born, deserves my vote? Tell me, is my best recourse to complain Or to abstain? Your second cousin, Jane Vis-à-Vis (Kanye West versus Taylor Swift) A man who likes the spotlight grows Accustomed to its glare; On each and every public stage He wants the world to stare. In time he starts to notice that The beam can shift or fade; Repeatedly he tries to throw More than a little shade. His efforts only make himself Look fabulously small, The woman who responds so well— Phenomenally tall. Jane Blanchard lives and writes in Georgia. Her poetry has recently appeared in the Anglican Theological Review, The Evansville Review, and U.S.1 Worksheets. Featured Image: “George Washington,” 1790, by John Trumbull. NOTE: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 4 Responses Mary Gail Nesbit April 17, 2016 Like is inadequate. I loved them both. Best write one for Nelson (Washington)or he will feel left out. They come from very different places. I knew you were on the mend. I have been checking. So glad. Are you pain free? Just returned last night from Wake Forest. It is the most exciting stuff I have every seen. Reynolds building is a Klimt hotel with condos , tobacco factories are science spaces for WFU and BG-WFU, We met in a fabulous old factory yesterday. It is done and ready for students. Now if the dumb politicos don’t screw things up. 14000 applications for freshmen Admits. Incredible. Glad you are mending. Lv, MG Reply james sale April 18, 2016 Both excellent poems – really enjoyed them both – especially the epigrammatic quality of the Kanye/Swift poem. Reply Hayden Bergman April 18, 2016 I also enjoyed your work, especially the Kanye/Taylor Swift poem. Dichotomous poetry always seems to be able to get to the heart of what or who is being compared. You have done that elegantly here. Reply Bob Cooperman April 30, 2016 “Dear George” is a cunning work, in the way Ms. Blanchard puts herself in the poem, yet uses echoes of a language prevalent more than two centuries ago. And the slanting reference to Wordsworth’s poem about Milton and the hard times of early 19th century England are brilliantly worked in. A wonderful poem. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.