Physical Disability · Scathing Political Satire

Stepping Over the Bodies

By Jacqueline Jules

June 22, 2017 Wheelchair bound activists were forcibly removed by police for protesting proposed cuts to Medicaid outside Senator Mitch McConnell’s office.

In shiny black Oxfords,
the senator steps past
the empty wheelchairs
and over the bodies,
narrowly missing
a pink polka-dotted foot
belonging to a woman
breathing through a tube.

The man to her left
wears a green fanny pack
with a chemo pump inside.

They lie in the hallway
outside the senator’s door,
surrounded by dozens,
all wearing cardboard signs
and chanting for the chance
to be deemed as precious
as the unborn babies
the senator has vowed
many times to protect,
in the same breath
as his promise
to disable the care
millions need to survive.

 

Jacqueline Jules is the author of three poetry chapbooks, Field Trip to the Museum, Stronger Than Cleopatra,and Itzhak Perlman’s Broken String. Her work has appeared in over 100 publications including The New Verse News, Potomac Review, Innisfree Poetry Journal, Little Patuxent Review, and Gargoyle. She is also the author of 40 books for young readers. Visit www.jacquelinejules.com 

If you haven’t read any articles yet about this incident, let me direct you to several. You can read about it on: Business Insider, Independent UK, Mother Jones, Metro UK, and Time Magazine.

Philosophical Commentary · Scathing Political Satire

News Update (this one is a poem)

By Nathan Woods

They’re killing giraffes now
with sledgehammers,
dark-skinned children smile
behind cameras for the cameras.
Adults nod, certify animals,
as cattle stranded
on shrinking islands
die slow and shit-stained,
and then there’s Coke,
of course.

 

Nathan Woods is a poet and artist from Pennsylvania. He is proud of his red hair. You can find his writing at www.verynoturgent.com.

Scathing Political Satire

Jabberwocky is a Pre-Existing Condition (Apologies to Lewis Carroll and the American People)

By Katherine Sanger

Lewis Carroll
Went through the slithy toves,
Gyred
and gimbled
in the wabe,
be-wared the Jubjub bird
and the Bandersnatch.
He tried to unsheath
the vorpal sword
but was snared by paperwork

“The Jabberwocky”
they told him
“is a pre-existing
condition.
You cannot slay
it using this insurance.
Please fill out
the appropriate forms
to process your request
for care.”

Lewis Carroll
Rested by the Tumtum tree
In the middle
of the tulgey wood
standing uffish
watching the flaming eyes
of the Jabberwocky
listening to the whiffling
and burbling
and wishing
he was still a beamish boy

 

 

 

 

Katherine Sanger was a Jersey Girl before getting smart and moving to Texas. She’s been published in various e-zines and print, including Baen’s Universe, Black Chaos, and RevolutionSF, and is a member of HWA and SFWA. Her poetry has won numerous awards, including First Place in Byline’s “Autumn Poem” contest, First Place in “Lucky Thirteen” contest sponsored by Sol Magazine, and Honorable Mention in: The Houston Chapter Award. She recently completed her MFA in Creative Writing with the University of Tampa.

 

 

To read Lewis Carroll’s original “Jabberwocky” poem, click here.