Early morning, PMO
This poem won First place in the 2010 2-Day Poem Contest
Hansard, bound in the dead of night, arrives.
Lay the debate open on the table.
Leaf through, take in the gore of question period,
petitions splayed, begging attention like porn or Maclean’s magazine.
Underscore each foible of the opposition including
your own backbenchers run amok
cabinet ministers slipping their collars
forthcoming civil servants
reporters immune to spin.
Mark the impending 4th anniversary of
Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean
with a solemn X and an asterisk
* deadline to appoint my own man.
Eat grit with some greens for breakfast.
Cut up a bloc of cheddar, mild as the NDP.
Slake your thirst for deficit spending with some domestic
sparkling wine and celebratory cuts
to the CBC.
Tune into CPAC.
Watch the culture slowly grow
not spindly and wan, but
resistant as dandelions, prairie fires, like
the exaggerations on lobbyists’ CV’s
too numerous to counter.
It was easier to etiolate democracy.
That took but a note to the Governor General,
a prorogation, or two.
Admit she came in handy that way.
Published online June 01 2010.
This poem was a winner in CV2’s annual 2-Day Poem Contest. Every April, CV2 challenges players to create a new original poem that uses all 10 words of our choosing. It’s poetry under pressure for prizes, publication, and personal bests. Learn how to sign up for the next 2-Day Poem Contest.