“And the Weak Will Parish” Villanelle

Only the strong will survive and the weak

(a certain small-city Texas mayor wrote)

will parish.” Assistance you should not seek.

The Don’t-Mess-With state messed in a freeze

was no time for politicians to bully and gloat.

But with their homegrown energy grid on its knees,

this home-spun Emerson took to Facebook to speak

upon self-reliance: “your lazy,” he did note,

a poor raising gave you a socialist streak.

The governor, Abbott, pointing at AOC,

made a claim both electrifying and rote:

he blamed it on the Green New Deal-what cheek!

(I do love that parish — evangelical spellcheck?)

If reasonable people choose not to vote

we’ll all find ourselves up the proverbial creek.

The late Limbaugh’s dittos, hateful and bleak,

bray ideology trumps service. Quote:

Only the strong will survive and the weak

will “parish. “ Assistance ye shall not seek.

Originally published at https://kirkswearingen.substack.com.

Kirk Swearingen is a poet and an independent journalist. His work has appeared in Salon and The American Journal of Poetry.

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