Poems of the Week

A Polar Bear, Skinny

by Paul Willis

“FEMA fires California company for nonsensical Alaska Native translations on aid applications…
Residents… expected to find instructions in Alaska Native languages. . . . Instead, they were
confronted with a number of bizarre phrases [such as] ‘Your husband is a polar bear, skinny’…”

Los Angeles Times

Your husband’s a polar bear, skinny;
your daughter’s a wolverine, stout;
your son is a slobbering ninny:
that’s why we are helping you out.

For FEMA could hardly come faster
with aid in the wake of typhoons.
Too bad that the actual disaster
is our hired linguistic buffoons!