Friday, August 16, 2013

Sochi 2014: Berlin 1936 Redux?

Vlad the Homophobe is in for a wild time at the Winter Olympic Games in 2014. Lots of rainbows will be displayed on the victory stand. Perhaps some same sex kissing on TV around the world. Today, this blog's poet-in-residence, Cavin Trillin, gives Vlad a seldom-seen duodecet that doubles as a raspberry to the President of Russia. If this is (fair & balanced) homophilia, so be it.

[x The Nation]
The Winter Olympics In Putin’s Russia
By The Deadline Poet (Calvin Trillin)

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“Putin signs anti-gay legislation into law.”
—news reports

It’s possible a skier’d have to pray,
As he zoomed down the steepest slope one day,
That he did not, by accident, display
A manner that those eager to obey
The laws that under Putin now hold sway
Might video as evidence, then say
This shows with certainty that he is gay,
Illegally, and must be sent away
To some gay gulag, where he will decay
In dungeons like the cages of Bombay.

And meanwhile Putin leads the cheers: “Let’s hear it!
Let’s celebrate that grand Olympic spirit!” 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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