Pennsylvania Avenue

I tighten my Whig whilst
“I love you” slips gentle from my lips…
but not to worry, ‘tis just for fun –
I tuck the things you’d rather I not say
deep inside a metaphor
just ambiguous enough
to keep safe all my secrets
from ears not wont to hear
and toss it aloft from my perch
here on the veranda just off the West Wing.

Oh! Such fun we’ll have!
Breaking the public trust
for the public’s own good
(and to line our own pockets!) –
like Robin Hood, only without scruples
and more bad ass –
so hang on tight to your hat, son,
the West (Wing) was won
with a spit and a prayer
and there’s no room for losers or pussies.

Here we come, like it or not
and we’re hot-to-trot;
much too hot for you to handle –
just keep afoot of the scandals
and we’ll call the whole thing square
cuz fair enough’s fair
and I’m nothing if not bigly,
reaching a hand down from the high road
to help a brother out
(when it doesn’t cost me anything).

© The Poet Darkling



Published by: The Poet Darkling

The Poet Darkling is an award-winning poet, lyricist, author, editor, and freelance writer. She is currently working on her fifth poetry and monologue anthology, as well as her memoirs. In 2013, The Poet Darkling had the distinct honor of writing an introduction and closing poem for the short story anthology, “Broken Spokes along the Way,” by author Vance R. Farrell. She is also an esteemed member of several writer’s groups, including Writers-Network, and All Poetry, and was featured in the All Poetry anthology “Rewrite Sunlight” in 2017. Born in Chicago, Illinois, The Poet Darkling currently resides in Northeast Tennessee with her family, her pet black widow spider (whom she calls “Walter”), her imaginary muse (whom she hasn’t named), and her many diverse personalities. Since her childhood, The Poet Darkling has survived all manner of physical and sexual abuse, as well as mental illness, drug addiction, and long-term homelessness, and her poetry reflects this. With a steady voice, diverse subject matter, and the singular intent of helping others not only survive the darkness, but thrive there. The Poet Darkling appeals to a wide range of readers. She speaks for the traumatized soldier, the weary mother, the confused teen, the abandoned senior, the disenfranchised minority, the serial killer, and anyone who has suffered heartbreak, addiction, abuse, mental illness, and even the sting of death – and all in perfect rhyme and meter…or not. Following her own doctrine of “Live first; learn later,” The Poet Darkling is currently working on her M.A. in Creative Writing/English, with a concentration in Poetry at Southern New Hampshire University, where she also earned her B.A. in Creative Writing, with a concentration in Poetry and a minor in Professional Writing, graduating summa cum laude in 2017. The Poet Darkling is proud to be a member of the Sigma Tau Delta (Alpha Pi Psi) and Alpha Sigma Lambda (Sigma Psi) honor societies. When she is not writing, or plotting her bid for Poet Laureate of the United States, The Poet enjoys talking to herself, wandering around aimlessly and poking dead critters with sticks.

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