Ode To Senator Eugene Mc Carthy

“I’m twice as bright as Stuart Symington

Twice as liberal as Hubert Humphrey

And twice as Catholic as Jack Kennedy”

Remarks attributed to Eugene McCarthy

at the 1960 Democratic Convention

When I was young, the men in the news

Became nations in my imagination


Where I made McNamara and Jubilee

Like Jack and Jackie, stunning and free

And Jackie was France, passionately

Floral with freedom, perfumed with glee


We whirled across a marble floor

With chandeliers and gowns galore

And Killer Queens, a scarlet war

A soaring, mauling, gorgeous gore


And Madame Ngu with dazzle and shine

Made herself a witch divine

And timid scholars quite supine

Told us that the war was fine


It glared and stared with Napalm eyes

And wished a pagan pagoda’s demise

It spun a web of sugared lies

And we all dined on alibis

And McNamara, that mannered man


Sedate and starched like an Englishman

Counted the kills according to plan

Obeyed his Reich like Marshal Petain

For Humphrey it was a glorious war


And Symington just an aside

For Kennedy a political chore

Clean for Gene, I swoon like a bride


Copyright, David Gottfried, 2005


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