Testaments: Gerald Ford

gerald_ford-rip.gifThis week, John Peeler will present “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.

Gerald Ford

Spiro’s disgrace was my new place.
I never dreamed that I would hold
that chair made void by Watergate.
Nixon left me the war:
get out and take the blame.
And then the final shame:
to be crushed by that publicly
pious Baptist peanut farmer.

Published by the LA Progressive on October 29, 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.