Testatments: Dwight D. Eisenhower

eisenhower.gifby John Peeler –

This 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.

Dwight D. Eisenhower

I never seemed political,
as Marshall was, for FDR and Truman.
The Democrats wanted me, though,
since Marshall was dead
and Truman was dead
in the water.
But I was a Kansas Republican,
and it was time for a Republican,
and MacArthur was crazy.
I’d have fired him if Truman hadn’t.
Let him fade away.
Nixon was not my man.
I had to take him,
never gave him power.
I didn’t mind
when Kennedy won.

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.