A poem by me

(with apologies to Rudyard Kipling)


If Osama Bin Laden had just written poems

he would not have been killed in his Abbottabad home.


If Michael Flynn’s ambition was penning great odes

then prison would not be his future abode.


If Donald J Trump had been ballad-obsessed

he would not have had time to lie and oppress.


If George W. Bush had lived for villanelles

Our nation’s foreign policy might not have gone to hell.


If Roy Moore’s first love was scripting sestinas

he might have avoided the scandal arena.


If Vladimir Putin had focused on rhymes

he would have been too busy to instigate crimes.


The lesson for all is plain to see

to stay out of trouble write poetry.



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