The Limerick I’d Love to Write by Joe Tessitore There once was a President Trump And many thought he was a chump. ____But none was more shrewd ____Than this big-city dude, Now back over his wall they must jump! Joe Tessitore is a retired New York City resident and poet. Trump I by Damian Robin As though unstressed—a daylight peeping bat With forceful, viral, odd, quick-minded tweets— He thins down words, pings aces from a hat, Distracts to win what first seemed failed deceits. This Emp’ror’s style is not a diplomat’s; He’s front rank of all communist annoyers; He wears down carpets under plutocrats And fills out briefs and overcoats of lawyers. Though enemies would have his good waylaid Or wish his golden fortunes to decline— All those with faith in karma being paid, Or crediting Intelligent Design, Cannot, in all right-mindedness, evade— That though his ways are wild—his work’s divine! What It Takes to Drain a Swamp by Evan Mantyk (after John Smith) When Donald J. Trump stepped off the stump America grew great again, But even his romps through DC swamps could barely purge those men— That menagerie of depravity: The slimy copperheads, The creepy crawlies and crocadollies Who sleep in murky beds. If we get Trump to man the pump In eight years it will drain The bureaucrats, whose lies fill vats— Just faintly leave a stain. Great for Democracy by John Smith Speaker Nancy Pelosi owns Ilhan Omar, AOC And Rashida Tlaib; three just dyin’-to-be jihadis. Add Schiffless Adam and his paddler Nadler, Two anti-semite semites who’d far rather Phish for Trump than wish for something great for democracy. John Smith is a Vietnam vet living in Illinois. He was born in 1942 in California and is an alumnus of Northwestern University and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.