. Trump and Old Slow Joe Republicans and elephants go back a long, long way. The elephant that’s in the room is Donald Trump, today. But if it were a China shop I daresay Trump would be More “bull” than “pachyderm”—no doubt The Donald would agree. But should he be allowed to smash and grab his party’s ticket? Despite the fact that he could lose for being a sticky wicket? For sham or not, he’s charged with having plotted and incited A lot of things for which he has been formally indicted. But, if not Trump, then who is there to step into his shoes? DeSantis, Christie, Pence, or Scott? What’s there to like or choose? And then, of course, there’s Haley, Hurd, and Vivek Ramaswamy— Who come across as boring-bland, like rye without pastrami. The Democratic donkey is a jack-ass named Joe Biden. A laptop lacky guilty of whatever he’s been hidin’. With Hunter as his albatross, Slow Joe could be impeached For lies and bribes and for the fact our border has been breached, But that would raise up Kamela as our new Head of State. And even Dems can’t conjure up a less attractive fate. For if Old Joe were gone things could get worse than what they’ve been, Imagine! Something worse than the fine mess he’s got us in! So here we are, a nation on “the horns of a dilemma,” Where neither party’s candidate can claim they’re “no problema.” But whether we are straddling the fence or falling off it, One thing is clear: the Bidens have been raking in a profit. It all will either turn out for the best, or else it won’t. (While options not to vote are unacceptable, so don’t!) But one way or the other history will come and go, And leave us still divided between Trump and old Slow Joe. . . James A. Tweedie is a retired pastor living in Long Beach, Washington. He has written and published six novels, one collection of short stories, and three collections of poetry including Mostly Sonnets, all with Dunecrest Press. His poems have been published nationally and internationally in The Lyric, Poetry Salzburg (Austria) Review, California Quarterly, Asses of Parnassus, Lighten Up Online, Better than Starbucks, Dwell Time, Light, Deronda Review, The Road Not Taken, Fevers of the Mind, Sparks of Calliope, Dancing Poetry, WestWard Quarterly, Society of Classical Poets, and The Chained Muse. He was honored with being chosen as the winner of the 2021 SCP International Poetry Competition.