Poems of the Week

Commander and Countermander

by Dan Campion

“I have instructed the United States Navy to shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships at sea.”
—A tweet from President Donald J. Trump

Sir, be advised: no gunboats fly.
They’re darn hard to “shoot down.”
We could, I guess, aim for the sky,
Though gunner’s mates may frown;

They’re more accustomed, sir, to aim
Directly at their foe.
So please you, if it’s all the same,
At gunboats, we’ll shoot low.