Testaments: Harry S. Truman

truman.GIFby John Peeler –

“Testaments” is 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.

 Harry S Truman

I was a loyal party man,
a proud Vice President.
When he was gone,
I knew one thing:
I was President.
I tried to be a good one.
I didn’t know about the bomb,
but had to drop it,
or take worse choices.
I wasn’t popular—
Who would be, who wasn’t FDR?
Dewey thought he had me
when he went to bed.
I had him for breakfast.

Published by the LA Progressive on October 27, 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.