NaPoWriMo 2023 Day 15


Today’s prompt: Begin by reading June Jordan’s “Notes on the Peanut.” Now, think of a person – real or imagined – who has been held out to you as an example of how to be or live, but who you have always had doubts about. Write a poem that exaggerates the supposedly admirable qualities of the person in a way that exposes your doubts.

Not Naming Any Names
by ARHuelsenbeck

He's not a politician
(that could explain his ineptitude)
He tells it like it is
(but who can understand what he’s saying)
He puts America first
(by alienating our allies)
He’s charismatic
(he gets other people to do his dirty work for him)
He’s a successful businessman
(with one failed business after another)
He has all the best people working for him
(until they’re arrested)
He’s accomplished more than any other president
(well, he certainly has more indictments)

About Andrea R Huelsenbeck

Andrea R Huelsenbeck is a wife, a mother of five and a former elementary general music teacher. A freelance writer in the 1990s, her nonfiction articles and book reviews appeared in Raising Arizona Kids, Christian Library Journal, and other publications. She is currently working on a young adult mystical fantasy novel and a mystery.

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