October 27th, 2009
Here’s to you, Conservative Poet Tom Zart,
My fellow in the (political) poetic art:
You’re the “most published poet” on the internet.
I’m just starting out, so I’m not much of a threat.
My name’s Ray, and I’m glad to meet you.
I’m a liberal, so I guess I should try to defeat you.
But let me say that’s not my intention
(I just though that was something I should mention).
I’m left, you’re right.
You’re day, I’m night.
I guess in a way I’m your mirror image,
But perhaps poetry the gap between us will bridge.
I came across some of your poems not long ago,
Exactly where I no longer know.
You said you were conservative so I have to concede,
I started looking right away for something with which I disagreed.
I read on and on, but still I didn’t find it.
So I guess I’m conservative too, as your poems defined it.
I’m sure there are issues on which we disagree,
But I still don’t see you as the opposite of me.
In many ways, we in fact do agree:
I honor our soldiers past and present
And don’t think tax dollars should be misspent.
Maybe that’s true of many on the political spectrum:
Many of our views are more similar than you’d expect ’em.
We dwell on divisions, but if we focus on what unites us instead,
Maybe our social conflicts and hatreds wouldn’t be so widespread.
(That’s one reason I like Obama:
He dispenses with all the political drama.
He focuses on the positive and gives people hope;
That’s a lot more to offer than the Party of Nope.
But I confess
That I digress
So I’ll stop before I start to obsess
About Republicans in Congress.
And don’t get me started about Fox News,
Or Glenn and Rush and their hateful views.
OK, that’s enough goading;
Now back to my ode’ing.)
Unlike you, Mr. Zart, I prefer not to publish my last name,
If to you it’s all the same.
That’s because I’m more political
And my views are sometimes critical.
I write about subjects with followers devout,
So if some nut decides I’m his enemy,
I’d rather he not know where to find me.
I listened to your podcast radio show:
You’ve got an excellent speaking voice, you know.
That’s something I might try some day,
Though my voice isn’t as good, I have to say.
I actually don’t consider myself much of a poet;
Some of my work’s lame, and I know it.
I’m just someone expressing my views in rhyme;
(And anyway, I only do it part-time).
Still, I’d be interested to know what you think of my stuff.
So visit my site and comment (please don’t be too rough).
I’m sure you could teach me a thing or two
If that were something you wanted to do.
You still have more poems than me
I have 125 and write 1 or 2 new ones per day,
So by my calculations I’ll overtake you by May.
Like in those old commercials, I guess I’m Avis and you’re Hertz.
So in the battle for political converts,
Though we may begin with equal ardor,
I’m number 2, so I’ll try harder.
Liberal Poet Ray in DC
The Second Most Published Poet on the Web