Testaments: Ronald Reagan

ronald-reagan.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.

Ronald Reagan

A lightweight actor was my role:
I voiced what many felt, and with a smile.
When Congress told me not to help
the Freedom Fighters any more,
I did it anyway.
They couldn’t make me stop.
A deal with Iran? I don’t recall.
Was it the one with hostages,
or the one with guns?

Published by the LA Progressive on October 31, 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.