the elephant in the room

the elephant in the room
none of us want to talk about
is trumpeting morals
like he invented them

he is for saving the unborn
& eager to kill them
when they grow up–
call it war or capital punishment–

he’s all for chucking science
out the window
and teaching adam & eve
in the classroom

(in matters of faith
whose truth do you honor
in a nation like ours?
Why, the elephant’s,
of course).

the elephant
we won’t talk about
is sitting on unions,
on women,
the poor
& on gays

he’s all for you keeping your gun

so you can shoot yourself
when you get sick–

it’s cheaper that way.


About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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31 Responses to the elephant in the room

  1. kvennarad says:

    ‘Poor’? πŸ™‚

    You may call me `Marie.

  2. Mr. Walker says:

    Fascinating how that one line inspired you – and such a different kind of poem. But I like political poems, because there is so little poetry in politics (if any) that we need politics in our poems. I think we’re starting to see the elephant in the room.


  3. Jordan says:

    I love your last three lines. Perfection.

  4. That’s true–If I do not poke fun at something political, then I will get angry, and I find it is easier to reach people with humor than anger in my political writing (not that there isn’t a place for that, too). Perhaps I should have had that elephant shoot himself in the foot πŸ™‚

  5. Reblogged this on Susan Daniels Poetry and commented:

    I thought this might be apropos. How egotistical is it to reblog yourself–poem is good for a snicker or two, I think.

  6. unfetteredbs says:

    jack ass.. haaa

  7. The Enfant Terrible says:

    I LOVE the last two lines. So much punch! I love how you write in such a personal way about politics, as opposed to simply reeling off your list of annoyances. πŸ™‚

  8. Ian Moone says:

    I still don’t get American politics or most English politics but both are examples of good poetry that I get πŸ™‚

  9. Leo says:

    I love this. I try to stay away from discussions about politics and religion but sometimes it very difficult. My little poem the other day “I hate politics..” was my effort at releasing anger, also. This is the first time I have every made actual money donations to a campaign and yes my litte ten dollars at a time goes to Obama!

  10. davidtrudel says:

    Great poetic response to an absurd circus. Art over anger is the way to go.

  11. Seb says:

    And yet they are still better than the asses who are running the country at the moment.

  12. Jeremy Nathan Marks says:

    I am not so sure we have an elephant in the room so much as a giant pile of dung that is being sold to us as smelling sweet.

  13. Oh oh, this is good. And yes you had to be inspired by something equally good. Incidentally, the opposition party in our country has the elephant as its symbol too! πŸ™‚

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  15. Green Speck says:

    Politics is dirty … and so are the politicians … the rulers are biased and selfish … good words to bring out this truth !!!

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