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Testaments: John F. Kennedy

This 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.


John F. Kennedy

Nixon was a fool to debate me.
I was no fool to take Lyndon:Texas made me President.
I little knew, in scarce a thousand days,
Texas made him President.
|Bay of Pigs: I wouldn’t bail them out.
They hated me and worked to take me out.
I never thought that much on civil rights,
but still, we had to stop the brutal wrongs.
And Vietnam? Walt said we had to act.
Dean, Bob, Mac, et tu, Arthur, all, all said
we could not let it pass.
With that advice,
I poured the bitter draught
that Lyndon had to drink,
I would have done as he,
regretted full as much.

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