Testaments: Jimmy Carter

jimmycarter.gifThis 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.

Jimmy Carter

After Watergate,
the people wanted moral strength.
I was a Sunday School teacher,
a governor, a brilliant smile.
Morality is hard abroad
when tyrants are our closest friends,
rebels, neither Jefferson nor Paine.
Ortega and Khomeini:
I cleared the way for them,
got the hostage crisis.
I later got the Nobel Prize:
a great ex-President,
but too late wise.

Published by the LA Progressive on October 30, 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.