Testaments: Richard M. Nixon

nixon1.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.

Richard M. Nixon

My “secret plan” to end the war
—and Gene McCarthy—
got me the job.
The war was not as planned,
the peace was but mirage.
China was my master stroke
(that bastard Henry took the prize).
I smeared McGovern: pinko wimp,
(nothing I hadn’t done before).
And then that stupid Watergate!
I had to say I was no crook,
but took the hit to save the plan.

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.