Poems of the Week

New Normal Bipartisanship

by Janice D. Soderling

“Senator Joe Manchin’s push to have the parties work together has become a major obstacle
for Democratic legislation on voting rights and other issues.”
The New York Times

Joe Manchin seeks consensus
which is surely fine and good
when you’re dealing with a partner
who does what he said he would.

But if “give-and-take” means “our way”
and they often change their tune,
you are dining with the devil,
and should bring a real long spoon.