Testaments: Bill Clinton


This week, John Peeler presents “Testaments,” a series of poems that take the form of valedictory statements by each of the postwar presidents, in the poetic manner of Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology.

Bill Clinton

They beat me once;
I’d not be too liberal again.
I learned to feel folk’s pain,
raise cash like a Republican,
and, like a populist raise Cain.
I couldn’t keep my pants on when I should have.
I tried to cover up when I shouldn’t have.
What politico’s without some sin?
Except my wife.

Published by the LA Progressive on November 1, 2008
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About John Peeler

John Peeler is a retired professor of political science at Bucknell University, specializing in Latin American and international affairs. His op-ed essays have appeared in The Christian Science Monitor and USA Today, as well as many in local papers in central Pennsylvania where he lives. He has had letters published in both the New York Times and the Washington Post.