Poems of the Week

The Last Straw for Gary Cohn

by Orel Protopopescu

“After Losing Tariff Battle, Trump Economic Adviser Cohn Resigns”—NPR.org

I juggled knives with numbskulls
on the budget cuts—no sweat!
I crossed swords over taxes
and Obamacare—you bet!

Through storming neo-Nazis,
assorted Russian proxies,
a boss with brains like pot cheese,
his leaking hotsie totsies,
through daily resignations,
clandestine assignations,
Wall Street could trust my brand,
my strong (if trembling) hand.

But I draw the line on tariffs.
Start a war, but not on trade.
How could I hurt my people
who demand financial aid?