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Poem: "You Don't Need a Degree"
This poem came out of the August 7, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Anthony Barrette. It also fills the "denial" square in my 6-4-18 Mixed card for the Winteriron Bingo Adventure.


"You Don't Need a Degree"


It is often the most disabled
who do not realize they are disabled,
who are so shielded by denial --
and sometimes by privilege --
that they cannot see it.

But it's still there to be seen.

One can watch the forty-fifth president
tweeting obsessively and then
compulsively checking for
his followers to reply.

One can listen to him on
television, slurring his words and
repeating the same story in minutes.

One can read newspapers
in which his grandiose self-esteem
and "alternative facts" smear the page
like so much spilled paint.

None of this has stopped
him from getting one of
the most important jobs
in the world, but

all of it contributes
to his evident inability
to do that job well.

People may claim
that it takes a doctor
to make a diagnosis,
but that only matters
to insurance companies
and drug suppliers.

The rest of humanity takes
a more pragmatic approach
to pointing out the crazy ones.

You don't need a degree.
You don't need a white coat.

You just need to pay attention.

* * *

Notes:

Disability refers to any condition which significantly impairs someone's capacity to perform everyday activities.

Trump's mental health is not good, which is obvious to everyone around him. He shows signs of various issues including narcissism, memory loss, delusions, and obsessions. On the whole, he just doesn't have a firm grip on objective reality, but prefers to deal in "alternative facts."

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