The Smart of Losing (Margot Douaihy)

After Elizabeth Bishop

Losing stings when your thief is a chump.
Lost rights, lost words, an election hacked.
Where’s the pen to redact Trump?

Our robber baron is an orange leather lump.
Science-based stat REDACTED.
Losing stings when your thief is a chump.

45’s IQ rivals the old sump pump.
Evidence-based stat REDACTED.
“Ban transgender folks,” demands Prez Dump.

“A fetus trumps a gay any day,” laughs Prez Rump.
Vulnerability shellacked. Amendments hijacked.
Losing stings when your thief is a chump.

Our tree of diversity sawed to a stump.
I’d tap his moral compass but it’s cracked.
Where’s the pen to redact Trump?

Tiki torch sales giving Walmart the bump.
Hue of entitlement is a red hat in the act.
Losing stings when your thief is a chump.
Let’s forge the damn pen to redact Trump.

 

Margot Douaihy is the author of the forthcoming collection Scranton Lace (Clemson University Press), the Lambda Literary Finalist Girls Like You (Clemson University Press) and I Would Ruby If I Could (Factory Hollow Press). She a content director with NewBay Media and the editor of Northern New England Review. Find her online at http://www.margotdouaihy.com/

Inspiration: When I read about the seven banned words for the CDC, my mind wandered into Elizabeth Bishop’s divine “One Art.” I was thinking about how I’m not mastering the art of losing either. We are losing so much with the Trump Administration; they are trying to steal our healthcare, queer dignity, net neutrality, ability to use words in government proposals, voting rights, and much more. With those rhythms in mind, I drafted this loose villanelle inspired by “One Art.”

 

 

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