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Deadline Poet

Calvin Trillin

They're relegated to the side.
This role--which they cannot abide,
Which torments Frenchmen day and night--
Can make them do things out of spite.

NOTE: Because of an editorial error, last week's poem was
incorrectly printed. This is a corrected version. Our apologies to
Calvin Trillin (and to Cole Porter). --The Editors

(With apologies to Cole Porter, the master, who wrote "My Heart Belongs to Daddy")

It now seems clear, from what we hear,
That Gary Hart will reappear.
(He ran well once, but then he slipped;
He couldn't keep his trousers zipped.)

This Kim Jong Il's a naughty lad,
But Bush says he's not half as bad
As ol' Saddam, whom we must swat
Before he gets what Kim has got.

Because they pay too much in taxes--
To feed the poor and fight the axis--
The rich are truly discommoded.
It spoils the fun of being loaded.

Korea has the bomb, but not to worry.
It's not a crisis. No, we needn't hurry
To get inspections back. Why try to spot
The weapons they already say they've got?

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Calvin Trillin
Calvin Trillin, the author of Random House's Deciding the Next Decider:...

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