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.
George H. W. Bush
Called Reagan on his voodoo economics,
people wanted to believe.
So swallowed it and served the voodoo master
eight patient years.
Willie Horton made me President.
Saddam got mixed signals on Kuwait.
Still had to push him back:
couldn’t let it pass.
Take him out? Occupy?
Would have been stupid.