Photo of Joe Biden‘Vote Joe’ by Wortley Clutterbuck The Society September 6, 2020 Deconstructing Communism, Humor, Poetry, Readings 3 Comments https://classicalpoets.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Clutterbuck_VoteJoe-1.mp3 There’s lots of riots in the street or so I’ve heard from someone’s tweet; they’re pulling out all of the stops, those young people who fight the cops; I see the photos in the news, the broken windows to peruse; the videos by the headlines show angry mobs with protest signs. It’s been some years now, hating Trump— the media’s enjoyed a bump; all of the pundits calling for some social justice, we adore; it’s cool to be the Fourth Estate— like in the days of Watergate; these presidents that we despise are really good for the franchise. Now, first we set some cars aflame and call the pigs a nasty name; we’ve brought our very own tear gas to castigate the middle class; the hippies start off holding hands and activists make their demands; next thing you know, a brick is thrown and soon downtown is a war zone. Right now, racism is the cause, especially cops and bad laws; sometimes, it’s the environment that triggers the whole mass dissent; but, luckily, for everyone we’ll soon be voting Joe Biden; and then all street protesting stops and news will say to love the cops. Wortley Clutterbuck is the author of Wortley Clutterbuck’s Practical Guide to Deplorable Personages and the operetta Scuttlebutt. Recent work rejected by Granta, Paris Review, VQR and other established organs of the aristocracy. Ever since free verse originated with Parisian fops in the Belle Époque, it’s been the hereditary voice of entitled erudition. “Rhyming poetry evinces such low breeding.” Hey, intelligentsia, would you care to say as much about the hip-hop lyrics you also don’t publish? More scuttlebutt at http://wortleyclutterbuck.blogspot.com. 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) 3 Responses Margaret Coats September 7, 2020 SCP members and visitors who haven’t commented because this doggerel is so awful there’s nothing to say about it, Wortley would agree with you because he wrote it that way on purpose. Just listen to the hilarious recording where suitable meter is supplied by the music and drama of a talented street performer and satirist. More of the same at his website, where performances are enhanced by good vintage-style illustrations, created by a different artist. Wortley, your lowbred high art pulls the joke on us who wouldn’t write this kind of thing. Congratulations to the Society for acknowledging the value of this work! Reply Joseph S. Salemi September 7, 2020 I think another reason nobody posted a comment is we simply couldn’t stand looking at the photo that stands at the head of this poem. Reply Sally Cook September 7, 2020 Wortley – I am a versifying dame. I love your name, I love your game And lest you think me quite insane, I find Joe Biden just the same As all the others who are hiden’ In the bushes, just like Biden. 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.