In Louisiana history class,
we learned how one governor
was too distracted by liquor,
and hospitals stays for “rest”.
Or how he screamed not to vote
for an opponent because “he
Or, how my parents before me
had to vote for the crook, because
Grand Wizards can be governors too.
(Then they both ended up in prison).
Or, you can still find bullet holes
in the granite column of the state capitol,
reminding you of the Kingfish, his shadow
of corruption, then his downfall…
We were barely teenagers, but knew
that our politics were always
kind of swampy, made of mud
thicker than what’s found in the floods
they watch us drown in.
It’s said we like our politics
really dirty. But we’re just used to it.
That may be why we tend
to be cynical,
and a little snarky
on every Inauguration Day.