Saturday, November 23, 2013

"Bird" Has Multiple Meanings In Jackson Hole, WY: "Duck!"

Today, this blog's poet-in-residence, Calvin Trillin, provides a bird-related homonym: in one sense, "bird" is the slang reference to the traditional Thanksgiving main dish and in the other, "the bird," is an obscene gesture that means "f*ck you." The Dickster deserves all of the familial disharmony that life can bestow and his daughters Elizabeth Lynne (Liz) Cheney Perry (the elder sib) and her younger sister, Mary Claire Cheney are the stars of the family drama of 2013. Liz Cheney is married to a DC-lawyer, Phillip Perry and is the mother of 5 children. Mary Cheney is married to Heather Poe and is the mother of 2 children. In both latter cases, Mary Cheney was the birth mother; the identity of the sperm donors has never been disclosed. The Cheney sisters are at odds over same-sex marriage: Liz against it for the sake of votes in the upcoming senatorial primary in Wyoming and Mary for it (as well living in a same-sex relationship). The Dickster always has presided over a traditional Cheney Thanksgiving in the family compound in Jackson Hole, WY. This year's gathering may be a little tense with a lot of birds flying around. If this is a (fair & balanced) fowl/foul situation, so be it.

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Cheney Sisters In Public Feud Over Marriage
By The Deadline Poet (Calvin Trillin)

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Yes, Liz and Mary now are fighting.
Thanksgiving there should be exciting.
On Turkey Day, we may get word
On who was first to flip the bird. 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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