MADAM PRESIDENT

MADAM PRESIDENT
Kevin Ridgeway

The other faces
in the photograph
are wiggling ghost
blurs

orbiting her

hair towering over her
head in a great bun,
triangular eye spectacles
and a million-dollar
smile

head of the PTA,
in black and white,
flanked by official
balloons and
banners

there were
no cigarettes,
martinis
or
guns in her hand

she surpassed her
flabby
contemporaries
with her baked goods
and drunken go-go
dancing on the
cafeteria floor

Madam President
knew her own
championship
then,
but that
black
and white
photograph
is light years
away

and people decay
beyond those
very delicate,
beautiful moments
in time when
they truly
shined

©2012 This work is the property of the author.

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Posted on September 30, 2012, in Kevin Ridgeway, POETRY and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. The last of Kevin’s current batch of poems. It does paint the picture. I can see the faded photograph.

    Read Kevin’s other poems on MM by clicking the link:
    https://misfitsmiscellany.wordpress.com/category/kevin-ridgeway/

  2. Bettty Grable, my father told us had million dollar legs and her legs were insured for a million bucks, and here the poet Kevin Ridgeway tells us of a million dollar smile. Straight out of
    Hollywood central casting Madam President emerges as head of the PTA clinging to her baked goods and buns and no guns yet shining as a star. Kevin wins an Oscar for his serio- comic poem.
    Congratulations!

  3. Ha! …

    “she surpassed her
    flabby
    contemporaries
    with her baked goods
    and drunken go-go
    dancing on the
    cafeteria floor”

    Love it. :)

  4. I love the twist. Not at all what I expected!

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