Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
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Poem: "The Secondhand Panjandrum"

This poem came out of the January 24, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] thnidu. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.

Warning: This poem contains rude political humor, ad hominem attacks, and anti-Republican sentiments. No likie, no readie.


"The Secondhand Panjandrum"
-- a vembletroon


Blubberous and bloviating, Trump crawled out from underneath a rock,
determined to tear down the world we share.
He attacks nature with alternative facts, a secondhand panjandrum perennially insisting that we must exploit oil if we are to stay free.
See, he believes that he can push back the tide of climate change with a broom.
Idiot.

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Notes:

From Bob Lichtman's history of the vembletroon:
The vembletroon a poem of five lines, always an exercise in invective.
The first line is of seventeen syllables, beginning with a term of abuse.
Line two is in iambic pentameter, the only line which scans.
The third line is a long one, thirty-eight syllables and the first and last words must rhyme.
Line four has eighteen syllables, with the first and second words rhyming.
And the last line always consists of the single word, "Idiot."


Blubberous means not just fat, but excessive in all ways.

Bloviating means making a lot of noise with little substance.

The practical problems with Trump include numerous scandals, conflicts of interest, ruinous policy positions, alternative facts lies, climate change censorship, and oil barony.

A panjandrum is a pompous, arrogant public official with a lot of power who is likely to misuse it.
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