Treasure Island

Udiah (witness to Yah)

(1959 / USA)

Fifty Seven States of Mind


I took a bus today
Making a tour the American way
I wondered as I was told
That I'd covered all the Nation's fold

So as I stepped outside
My proverbial ride
And glanced up at the thing I deride

And there it hung
With its cloth a furl
I saw its imperialistic truth
Still a part-hid curl

So I did count the showing row
And saw nine in a straight line
But as I looked a wondering how
It rolled to show seven now

That's ingenious thought I
To stagger the rolls in diagonal lie
So I waited ‘til a breeze passed through
To sum the rows ‘cross the lower blue

I counted seven stars in a row
And surmised they were staggered so
Four of nine for thirty six
And three of seven for twenty one
That's fifty seven I summed up quick
Captured by these territorial dicks

‘I've now been to all fifty seven states' said I
But one state Alaska and Hawaii skipped by
Fifty seven states of mind
Fifty seven states to blind
Fifty seven states of mine
Fifty seven states to fine
Fifty seven for the rule of mob
Fifty seven for the world to rob












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Submitted: Sunday, February 03, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, February 05, 2013

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A possible explanation to the mysterious statement never expanded on; was that Obama was about to say he'd been to all fifty states. Then realizing he had not campaigned in all of them, but had only visited them, he forgot he'd said fifty and thinking he'd said forty, he added the seven and continued with the comment, he still had one to go (in the lower 48) and was not going to campaign in Alaska and Hawaii because he did not need their primary votes.

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  • Guy Lip-more (11/18/2013 3:29:00 PM)

    I sense a cynical view point regards to politics in general.! ! Very good poem though, clever write. (Report) Reply

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