August 24-30, 2020: Poetry from John F. McMullen and Vicky Ferguson

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John F. McMullen

John F. McMullen, is the Poet Laureate of the Town of Yorktown, NY, an adjunct professor at Westchester Community College, a graduate of Iona College and the holder of two Masters degrees from Marist College, a member of the American Academy of Poets and Poets & Writers, the author of over 2,500 columns and articles and 11 books, 9 of which are collections of poetry, and is the host of a weekly Internet Radio Show (300 shows to date).

The following work is Copyright © 2020, and owned by John F. McMullen and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

Coronavirus
The Blame Game

My electricity is back
but not my cable service
so I have no telephone,
television, or Internet

My cable service tells
me that my service
will come back when
the power does

I reply that my power
has been back for
three days – “ah then
the power company
must not be giving
us power to give you
service

And the blame game goes on
Democrats blame Republicans
and cities will have to layoff
firemen, police , and teachers
Republicans blame Democrats
and millions of out-of-work
Americans will lose added benefits

Trump blames everyone (but himself)
for everything: Democrats, Republicans,
governors, Chinese, “nobody told me”,
staff, McCain, BLM — but mainly Obama

And I blame him
and my cable company

Vicky Ferguson

Vicky Ferguson is a retired educator and lives in Venice, Florida otherwise known as Paradise. She has been writing poetry since she was about 12 years old. It has always been a way for her to balance her emotions with what is going on in the world. She has only recently started sending her poetry out into the world. Vicky decided she wanted her voice to be heard.

The following work is Copyright © 2020, and owned by Vicky Ferguson and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

Images

Shaded by Bahama shutter
Windowsill
holding portrait
and sign singing
“It is well with my soul”
under a stained-glass window 
of a woman
wild and free
riding the rays
of the sun.

Early American Art
of Jonah inside 
the belly of the whale
set on top of bookshelf 
as if to bite the antlers 
off the buffalo
fleeing
from the Alaskan totem.

Walls in Livingroom
covered with paintings of birds
herons, ibises, great blues
alongside the mermaid clock
ticking, ticking, ticking
As the spoonbill mother 
teaches the youngster
how to build a nest.

Stacks of books
prop up wall
under bulletin board
holding Laughing Jesus
Maya Angelou
and a day of the dead
skull