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BULLSHIT! SONNETS by BOKE

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THAT'S BULLSHIT {1 of 20} -- Op-Ed Verse (NOT!) by BOKE

{1_01} AL GORE SHOUTS: "No more BULLSHIT from now on!"

{1_02} That's what Gore meant endorsing Dr. Dean

{1_03} on Tuesday morning not long after dawn

{1_04} in Harlem with a force we'd never seen ...

 
{1_05} ... when Gore was being careful and polite.

{1_06} Too nice to shout "That's BULLSHIT!" and prevail

{1_07} against the half-truth tellers. NOW HE'LL FIGHT

{1_08} THE TIDE OF BULLSHIT that we'll now detail...

 
{1_09} BEGINNING when Americans allowed

{1_10} their nation to be grabbed by Satan's goons

{1_11} who screamed their bullshit 'till the law was cowed,

{1_12} and jumpin' journalists re-spread their tunes.

 
{1_13} As this last stretch of BULLSHIT SONNETS ends

{1_14} the Anti-BULLSHIT candidate ascends.

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THAT'S BULLSHIT {2 of 20} -- Op-Ed Verse (NOT!) by BOKE

{2_01} OLD NEWS: Bush did not win 2000 fair.

{2_02} [Thank you, MoveOn!] BUSH: GUILTY of each death

{2_03} as Satan's rep ensconced in White House lair

{2_04} blaspheming Christ with every BULLSHIT breath.

 
{2_05} "We did not lie! We can't help if you got

{2_06} the wrong impression from our choice of words."

{2_07} The worldly prince's BULLSHIT TEAM gets hot

{2_08} when branded "lying liars," when their turds ...

 
{2_09} ... are carefully arrayed along a line

{2_10} a razor blade away from the abyss.

{2_11} NO PROBLEM IF the press were not "supine."

{2_12} (Bill Clinton's choice of word. He did not miss.

 
{2_13} SUPINE: on back, inactive, passive, slack

{2_14} both mentally and morally. News? Claque!

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THAT'S BULLSHIT {3 of 20} -- Op-Ed Verse (NOT!) by BOKE

{3_01} A college education in our day

{3_02} is not sufficient, clearly, to prepare

{3_03} newsfolk to MEDIATE the way words play

{3_04} or prey on minds in ways that keep it "fair."

 
{3_05} A word already rhymed, but I'll repeat

{3_06} it many times throughout the lines ahead --

{3_07} at least in my own thoughts -- as I re-heat

{3_08} the long-cold past of how we were MISLED.

 
{3_09} A pathologic even-handedness

{3_10} instead of balance of the truest kind.

{3_11} The reason Bush is King, Iraq a mess,

{3_12} is journalists' incompetence. Fast, blind ...

 
{3_13} ... and arrogant, mis-educated bunch.

{3_14} Misframing ev'rything by cliched hunch.

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THAT'S BULLSHIT {4 of 20} -- Op-Ed Verse (NOT!) by BOKE

{4_01} A whipping boy! We need one! Look right there

{4_02} in Iowa at center stage to stick

{4_03} his well-respected nose and Koppel hair

{4_04} at presidential level... "help us" pick ...

 
{4_05} ... the Democratic candidate. He'll bound

{4_06} the situation. Lord, thank God we're "blessed"

{4_07} with journalists to bark and gen'r'lly hound

{4_08} the conversation off the cliff. You've guessed ...

 
{4_09} ... this won't be Mr. Koppel's fav'rite verse

{4_10} of Big Bad Boke's. BUT THIS IS WHAT HE GETS

{4_11} for demonstrating, NOW, the fatal curse

{4_12} bad journalism is -- when it forgets ...

 
{4_13} ... (or maybe never knew) its vital role

{4_14} which cannot be described as poke and poll.

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THAT'S BULLSHIT {5 of 20} -- Op-Ed Verse (NOT!) by BOKE

{5_01} TED KOPPEL cannot help he has no skill

{5_02} in orchestrating conversation flows.

{5_03} A few times watching Nightline's lightless hill

{5_04} of Koppel-verb'age sounding like he knows ...

 
{5_05} ... a lot more than he does (if you're not fooled)

{5_06} will make you click on by. You will not gain

{5_07} one useful insight. Why? He was mis-schooled

{5_08} to simulate a guy with half a brain.

 
{5_09} Articulate is not the same as wise.

{5_10} Aggressive-asking of wrong-questions keens

{5_11} the journalistic law for all these guys

{5_12} and gals who land their face on TV screens ...

 
{5_13} ... palavering as if they knew the truth

{5_14} and all folks not their sources are uncouth.

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THAT'S BULLSHIT {6 of 20} -- Op-Ed Verse (NOT!) by BOKE

{6_01} Ted Koppel got his Nightline when Iran

{6_02} took U.S. hostages. And Ted kept watch.

{6_03} Night after night he wore a groove that ran

{6_04} quite deep. But just because they grabbed our crotch ...

 
{6_05} ... and Ted was there to detail ev'ry squeeze.

{6_06} "America held hostage" gave him fame.

{6_07} Because most journalists have the disease

{6_08} of no imagination, Ted would claim ...

 
{6_09} ... that spot of time forever as his right.

{6_10} Remove him for bad ratings? Hear the screams

{6_11} of "quality!" And "history!" He'd fight

{6_12} before they'd take his cubby-hole and dreams ...

 
{6_13} ... of being "well respected" in his craft

{6_14} by those who don't know better when well staffed.

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THAT'S BULLSHIT {7 of 20} -- Op-Ed Verse (NOT!) by BOKE

{7_01} But fear of cancellation's made Ted fear

{7_02} a boring situation. He has learned

{7_03} to be provoking, though you will not hear

{7_04} a thought that's more than one that should have burned ...

 
{7_05} ... with all the dead leaves off the living trees

{7_06} we should be looking at, but Ted re-aims

{7_07} all talk where he is sitting midst the fleas

{7_08} of newsy factoids linked with news-time games.

 
{7_09} Ted's pleased he's punched the moment just enough

{7_10} that watchers will stay tuned to hear Ted press

{7_11} his guest with Koppel gravity. Rebuff

{7_12} whatever path might lead beyond his guess ..

 
{7_13} ... of possibility. That's why he fucks-

{7_14} up visionary lines. Poor Ted just sucks.

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THAT'S BULLSHIT {8 of 20} -- Op-Ed Verse (NOT!) by BOKE

{8_01} So it should not surprise a soul, Ted screwed

{8_02} the last Debate of Democrats: '03.

{8_03} Thank God for righteous Dennis -- not me-tooed

{8_04} into Ted's "Hey, y'all fight, but look at me!"

 
{8_05} Kucinich bapped Ted good. THEN CAME THE CHEERS

{8_06} OF CITIZENS fed up with journalists

{8_07} camped out right in the middle -- not the peers

{8_08} of candidates, but gods. The crowd was pissed.

 
{8_09} And Koppel understood and shushed awhile.

{8_10} He understands the audience is right.

{8_11} Well not quite that. But he knows if you rile

{8_12} that beast then you cannot stay in their sight.

 
{8_13} Ted wants to stay on TV. He's its knave.

{8_14} But "Journalists Gone Wild" have dug our grave.

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THAT'S BULLSHIT {9 of 20} -- Op-Ed Verse (NOT!) by BOKE

{9_01} Don't care how many laurels weigh Ted's brow --

{9_02} Just cast him from the realm of candidate.

{9_03} Dear journalists with fewer laurels, bow

{9_04} as quickly and retreat -- 'till you UPDATE ...

 
{9_05} ... your education to transcend the crime

{9_06} that "modern" journalism somehow plants

{9_07} in your hard, thin-skinned noggins in our time.

{9_08} You've ruined democracy, and brought these rants ...

 
{9_09} ... constrained to sonnets or there'd be no end

{9_10} of anguished shrieking from my soul. Thank God

{9_11} for finding form to channel, shape, and send

{9_12} this message from my gut into a rod ...

 
{9_13} ... which gives me license. Boke says: "You must learn

{9_14} RHETORICAL facility ... Or burn!"

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THAT'S BULLSHIT {10 of 20} -- Op-Ed Verse (NOT!) by BOKE

{10_01} Bad journalists! Bad Christians! Join the line

{10_02} to hell in a hand-basket that I'll weave

{10_03} from clever chunks of words while drinking wine

{10_04} of Jesus Christ's communion. I won't leave ...

 
{10_05} ... the Internet, the global knowledge sphere

{10_06} in your despoiling hands. Are you mad yet?

{10_07} Not half as mad as me. No mornful tear

{10_08} will you see streak my face. The sun "don't set" ...

 
{10_09} ... upon these words. In China someone's marked

{10_10} this page with Gates' Explorer as you read

{10_11} this interlude of tirade.... which was sparked

{10_12} by Koppel's stupid mangling how to lead ...

 
{10_13} ... a public conversation that won't bore.

{10_14} BOKE SAYS: If there is voting, folks won't snore.

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THAT'S BULLSHIT {11 of 20} -- Op-Ed Verse (NOT!) by BOKE

{11_01} While Ted's in purgatory, I'll address

{11_02} the rest of "so-called" journalists to teach

{11_03} a lesson that may help you fix the mess

{11_04} from BULLSHIT UNCONSTRAINED. As I impeach ...

 
{11_05} ... the guilty, let the willing lend their ears

{11_06} to one straightforward message: WRITE LIKE THIS.

{11_07} Write sonnets for awhile -- buy rounds of beers

{11_08} for all who write just one a week. "I'll kiss ...

 
{11_09} ... the girls who write the best and tilt their lips

{11_10} to indicate that kissing is their wish.

{11_11} No sexual harassment! Sonnet tips

{11_12} for everyone: Don't let sweet romance squish ...

 
{11_13} ... the purpose of your lines to getting laid.

{11_14} The time has come: Democracy Remade.

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THAT'S BULLSHIT {12 of 20} -- Op-Ed Verse (NOT!) by BOKE

{12_01} Now, I'm from Tennessee. I twice met Gore

{12_02} in town hall meetings he made sure to work

{12_03} into his schedule. Effort he would pour

{12_04} into the feedback loop. His ears would perk ...

 
{12_05} ... up for each citizen who sought to ask

{12_06} or share or shout his thoughts or needs: transmit

{12_07} directly to the man who bore the task

{12_08} of "politician" -- framed so that word fit ...

 
{12_09} ... a man of honor. Honestly concerned

{12_10} with his hard job of balancing the needs

{12_11} of all ... with everything that he had learned

{12_12} about the bigger picture. All the seeds ...

 
{12_13} ... of big ideas as they impact each plot.

{12_14} Each farmer in the courthouse. None forgot.

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THAT'S BULLSHIT {13 of 20} -- Op-Ed Verse (NOT!) by BOKE

{13_01} From Congress to the White House is a jump.

{13_02} And face to face back home is not the job,

{13_03} since ev'ry state is home. A broader stump

{13_04} to stand upon ... But quite more slipp'ry knob ...

 
{13_05} ... to grasp. So many hands you'll never touch

{13_06} directly. You must have a way to see

{13_07} the details of America. Too much

{13_08} for anyone. That's why democracy ...

 
{13_09} ... must find a way to let the knowledge flow

{13_10} from branches spread throughout our fertile land.

{13_11} Both news of sunshine and the storms. To know

{13_12} the consequence of choices. We demand: ...

 
{13_13} America and politics restore!

{13_14} In sonnets, if you please now, Mr. Gore. {smile}

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THAT'S BULLSHIT {14 of 20} -- Op-Ed Verse (NOT!) by BOKE

{14_01} One night I helped someone and missed the chance

{14_02} to cross paths with Al Gore before that fall

{14_03} when ev'rything went wrong. Too late to dance

{14_04} through Secret Service checkpoints to the ball ...

 
{14_05} ... in 90210 land. Check in hand --

{14_06} one hundred dollars for one moment's time

{14_07} once free in Tennessee. Too late -- the band

{14_08} was playing, gate was locked. No talk of rhyme ...

 
{14_09} ... or rather "poetry" in broadest sense

{14_10} would I be whispering in Al Gore's ear

{14_11} amidst the lips of hundreds ... I'll dispense

{14_12} with that night's sad narration. No career ...

 
{14_13} ... of poet-to-the-candidate for Boke.

{14_14} I'm smiling, but that may not be a joke.

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THAT'S BULLSHIT {15 of 20} -- Op-Ed Verse (NOT!) by BOKE

{15_01} Whatever I'd have told him, Gore now knows

{15_02} from losing -- that old lesson prophets fear.

{15_03} As I smile at the man unleashed who crows

{15_04} the words with power like an outside seer.

 
{15_05} Imagine if he'd exercise in verse

{15_06} his rhetoric? I'm smiling, but it's true.

{15_07} Perhaps he might teach Dean, so he'd rehearse

{15_08} a few of his quick lines some folks might boo.

 
{15_09} Not teaching. No. Suggesting he should try

{15_10} "that looney thing" that Boke said might inspire

{15_11} new lines of thought and words to say goodbye

{15_12} to all the BULLSHIT patterns. And refire ...

 
{15_13} .... the passion for a public life both kind

{15_14} and energized with hope. No longer blind.

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THAT'S BULLSHIT {16 of 20} -- Op-Ed Verse (NOT!) by BOKE

{16_01} We like our well-worn patterns. Well, that's life.

{16_02} A babe confronts a strange world. Baby screams.

{16_03} But soon some patterns form. Someday a wife

{16_04} or husband ... That same loving face that beams ...

 
{16_05} ... a smile we recognize down to our soul

{16_06} across a room or mountain. That's the one.

{16_07} Perhaps "old patterns" are part of the goal

{16_08} of life that make us happy and have fun...

 
{16_09} ... BUT in one corner of one eye still see

{16_10} some things we haven't thought of, and just reach

{16_11} out toward that strange new possibility.

{16_12} That isn't something that someone can teach ...

 
{16_13} ... except to say, just try a little verse

{16_14} to find strange paths you can't try in a hearse.

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THAT'S BULLSHIT {17 of 20} -- Op-Ed Verse (NOT!) by BOKE

{17_01} At end of year the candidate who stands

{17_02} atop the ladder of both polls and cash

{17_03} is usually the candidate who lands

{17_04} the nomination ... Still, could Howard crash?

 
{17_05} I hadn't noticed Doctor Dean is short.

{17_06} I see why now his nose might often aim

{17_07} at inclinations assholes always sport:

{17_08} Not arrogance but altitude to blame.

 
{17_09} How wrong I was to judge him for a flaw

{17_10} of character, when it is only height

{17_11} that makes him lift his eyes and nose and jaw.

{17_12} He's closer to the ground than some think right ...

 
{17_13} ... for presidents, but that's why he's ahead:

{17_14} His ears are down where "all good dirt" gets spread.

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THAT'S BULLSHIT {18 of 20} -- Op-Ed Verse (NOT!) by BOKE

{18_01} THROUGHOUT THE DAY, COMMERCIALS ... and we've skipped

{18_02} right over them, but it would not be fair

{18_03} to totally ignore all those who've slipped

{18_04} some money to the networks and with care ...

 
{18_05} ... transmitted messages of usefulness.

{18_06} IMAGINE AT A PARTY you approach

{18_07} a mucky-muck (or Koppel-in-distress) {smile}

{18_08} and they proceed to treat you like a roach.

 
{18_09} A human body has the code to fear

{18_10} displeasure of "your betters." In Japan

{18_11} a samurai could slice you ear to ear

{18_12} if you did not bow quickly. That's the plan ...

 
{18_13} ... of social power coded in each gene:

{18_14} The assholes rule the world by being mean.

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THAT'S BULLSHIT {19 of 20} -- Op-Ed Verse (NOT!) by BOKE

{19_01} RELAX ... flow on ... reality ... romance --

{19_02} not power plays and rhetoric. Just love.

{19_03} SEE Trista and her Ryan -- their first dance

{19_04} at their reception. Playing just above, ...

 
{19_05} ... a solitary cowboy with guitar.

{19_06} A song built out of Ryan's sweet-poem lines

{19_07} by friend/composer. Now, friend/country star

{19_08} there, all alone, transfigures all the signs ...

 
{19_09} ... of old-hat patterns into something swell.

{19_10} When they were married, sonnet lines they shared --

{19_11} though Browning's aren't like Shakespeare's, Boke knows well

{19_12} -- but anyway, the point is, when compared ...

 
{19_13} ... to all the flashy drama on TV,

{19_14} a sonnet and guitar's just right for me.

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THAT'S BULLSHIT {20 of 20} -- Op-Ed Verse (NOT!) by BOKE

{20_01} AMIDST SUBMISSION one face does not bow

{20_02} as samurai ride past. Too young to know

{20_03} the price of non-submission to "the-how-

{20_04} you-must-behave" amidst the normal flow ...

 
{20_05} ... of "how-things-are?" Or is it risky choice?

{20_06} Not standing in the road all full of spit,

{20_07} but strategizing on the edge a voice

{20_08} that might subvert the power of the shit ...

 
{20_09} ... that makes the others bow without a thought.

{20_10} Is this a girl or boy, I cannot tell

{20_11} in this finagled image somehow caught

{20_12} in my frame of attention at the bell ...

 
{20_13} CLANG! Boke is through with BULLSHIT! Now for tales

{20_14} about bold pudding girls unfurling sails. {smile}

Boke - comment

BABELFISH HAIKU REVIEW

Afin de nettoyer

votre esprit et le monde, trop

cri B_U_L_L_S_H_I_T!
       comme Boke.


LIMERICK REFRAME

Sweet Cow's going home --
      Mars for Christmas!

When she comes back,
        moo how she missed us.

But now BULLSHIT's done ...

she might look for fun ...

... in Arkansas where
         lost rich girls cuss.
   {smile}
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