Dogs 2013

NIXON NOW
(2/9/13)


I look
into this
desk drawer
for some ibuprofen
but see
something else
first

a red
white
and blue
campaign
button
from
'72

I dust
it off
every four years
to wear
on election
day

I get
a few
head shakes
in the office
and at
the polling
place
but
it's one
of the few
smiles I get
that time
of year

I don't
know
what it means
to me

I was 8
when he first
successfully ran
for
president

I was 14
when he finally
embarrassingly ran
from
the office

I was
a young
Watergate
junkie

I loved
and hated
every minute
of it

so this
was how
the world
worked

and
Tricky Dick
directed
that show

I was bent
early
and often

too young
to vote

too young
to be
drafted

I hold
none
of the lasting
grudges

only
the twisted
amusement

the contrarian
in me
votes Republican
at every opportunity
because
of Richard
Milhous

I have
no explanation
or excuse

I learned
from that outcome
that it just
doesn't
matter

I close
the drawer
without
taking
any pills

I feel
much better
already
without them