Friday, March 08, 2013

Death By A Thousand (Tiny) Cuts

Sequestration hysteria seems to have abated. However, The Deadline Poet (Calvin Trillin) — this blog's poet in residence — fires a final shot at the retreating hazard to this nation. Get ready of the squeals of agony when the military spending cuts transpire. If this is (fair & balanced) fiscal surgery, so be it.

[x The Nation]
A Personal Application Of Sequestration
By The Deadline Poet (Calvin Trillin)

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The bulge in your gut’s an embarrassment, but
You just can’t decide on which diet to use—
The one with all carbs or the no-fats-at-all.
You set a date certain by which you must choose.

The date has arrived and you’ve not made a start.
The fat’s hanging over. Your trousers won’t fit.
You do what you promised you’d do in this case:
You take out a knife and you slice off a bit. Ω

[Calvin Trillin began his career as a writer for Time magazine. Since July 2, 1990, as a columnist at The Nation, Trillin has written his weekly "Deadline Poet" column: humorous poems about current events. Trillin has written considerably more pieces for The Nation than any other single person. A native of Kansas City, MO, Trillin received his BA from Yale College in 1957. He served in the army, and then joined Time.]

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