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The Failure that Obama was Trying to Avoid

The Failure that Obama was Trying to Avoid


I hate bums on the subways with their cups.

I don’t ask them for anything.

Why should they jiggle their need under my nose?


I am a bull dog.

I dribble in a cup.

When I bite into political corruption I don’t let go.


I don’t have much confidence in the world lasting.

It’s always the do gooders who light matches—

The Middle East is burning.


Remember Obama’s speech in Cairo.

He was going to make peace with the Moslems.

Tell it to the heads of Foley,


And Haines.


When Obama threatens Putin laughs.

America has become a joke.

Blame it on the ill-informed voters.


Obama, you could have been someone if you didn’t try to be

Someone for everyone.


Your fair share is not living in the White House.

It is pitching a tent in a forest that you have denuded.


You could have been a man if you didn’t try to be a saint.

You are the nothingness that rattles in the shofar of sadness.


The people stretch out their fingers to you and cut their tips

With their nails.


You are the failure that you were trying to avoid.


With your Harvard degree how come you didn’t learn a lesson from

Your insistence.


You never understood pragmatism when you danced in a kilt

In Arctic weather.

The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by

About the author

David Lawrence

David Lawrence

David Lawrence has a Ph.D. in literature. He has published over 200 blogs, 600 poems, a memoir “The King of White-Collar Boxing,” several books of poems, including “Lane Changes.” Both can be purchased on He was a professional boxer and a CEO. Last year he was listed in New York Magazine as the 41st reason to love New York.

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