Wednesday, 17 February 2016


“Since a politician never believes what he says, he is quite surprised to be taken at his word.” - Charles de Gaulle

This week, PoetsUnited has as its theme “Marriage”. My take on this motif is a little unconventional. Here is my offering:

A Marriage of Convenience

The wily politician, has ample words;
So many words that spout forth seductively:
A demagogue inciting followers effortlessly
To ill-advised and thoughtless actions.

He espouses home-grown values,
Homeland, family, religion all uppermost
In his diatribes, while hypocrite that he is,
Has secret vices that make even the broad-minded blush.

His actions wedded to his specious arguments,
Ostensibly show him to be the champion of freedom,
But really fan flames of hatred, bigotry, intolerance
And lead the masses to violent altercations.

He flaunts his trophy wife at every opportunity,
And uses her to gain political advantage,
To further his nefarious aspirations
And breed his dynasty, ensuring a line of succession.

A liar pledging his troth easily
To any cause that furthers his designs,
All his untruths are easily swallowed by the gullible,
Allowing him to quickly ascend the staircases of power.

The politician marries his public office
In a marriage of convenience,
And as we the people, officiate the travesty,
We give him free reign to do as he will with our lives…

The painting above is “The Orator”, by Magnus Zeller (Germany, 1888-1972), painted circa 1920.


  1. You thoroughly describe a marriage of convenience for the wily politician--not only a marriage but also the mistress on the side, hahaha.

  2. I am thinking of Trump's background in respect to this perspective. Interesting take on the prompt!!!!

  3. I thought of Trump eventually. When you mentioned 'trophy wife' I knew it couldn't be Lucy Turnbull who has the unfortunate gait of a cow cocky being in the saddle too long:)They say people get the government they deserve..a good reason for introducing subjects like philosophy and ethics into the school curriculum.

  4. This would be amusing if only it wasn't all true! With few exceptions, politicians unfortunately are crooks...

  5. there never is a word called a good politician in democracy...i like this unique take on the prompt...

  6. I think this is an honest reflection of how the world works - the very essence of convention is following the leader..albeit they are usually flawed and ill equipped to look after those wedded to their egos and words..

  7. I love the direction you chose for this prompt. Works quite well.

  8. Wow, this is broad depiction that can capture so many regardless of party affiliation, or even country. But couldn't help to think of Newt Gingrich on this one.

  9. What a loathsome creature! You depict him with great conviction.