"Cicero Denounces Catiline" by Maccari‘What’s a Filibuster?’ by David Margolis The Society July 6, 2017 Culture, For Educators, Humor, Poetry 4 Comments It could be a horse thief, or maybe a rustler, A card shark, a pimp, or a sleazy-eyed hustler. A finish on wood that can add to its luster Or moisture on metal that causes some ruster. A Crème Brulee, or a Bavarian custard, French sauce delicious with finest of mustard. Your boss Phil, who is a Procrustean cruster. Alas, you’d be wrong, but wait, please do not fluster. In halls of the Congress when Senators cluster, Their chins in each other’s long faces will thruster, They’re blowing hot air like a tropical guster, And Spittle from faces is flung in a fluster. They hem and they haw and babble and bluster, Succeeding as well as did General Custer, Each side always groping for sixty to muster While nothing gets done—now that’s a filibuster. David Margolis retired from the practice of gastroenterology in 2013 to become a full time writer. His stories have appeared in The Canadian Medical Association Journal, JAMA: Internal Medicine, Missouri Medicine, HumorPress.com, Long Story Short, Still Crazy, and The Jewish Light of St. Louis. His first novel “The Myth of Dr. Kugelman” was published in October 2015. A second novel, “The Plumber’s Wrench,” is currently under review by an agent. He resides in St. Louis, MO with his wife Laura, two rescue kids, three small rescue dogs, and a set of golf clubs. NOTE TO READERS: If you enjoyed this poem or other content, please consider making a donation to the Society of Classical Poets. NOTE TO POETS: 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. CODEC News: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 Amy Foreman July 6, 2017 Made me smile! Reply David Hollywood July 6, 2017 Humorous and ranging. Reply Sultana Raza July 7, 2017 Witty! Reply Father Richard Libby July 7, 2017 Well done – and pretty much accurate, at least according to the modern usage! 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. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.