Saturday, July 25, 2009

Who's the Better Poet?

I supposed that's the kind of judgment we have to leave up to the people who compile literature texts, which is a good thing. Because for me, it's hard to choose between Donald Rumsfeld and Sarah Palin Take a look and see which one you'd pick.

Here's a poem from Palin:

"Small Mayors"

You know,
Small mayors,
Mayors of small towns—
Quote, unquote—
They're on the front lines.

And here's one from Rumsfeld:

"The Unknown"

As we know,
There are known knowns.
There are things we know we know.
We also know
There are known unknowns.
That is to say
We know there are some things
We do not know.
But there are also unknown unknowns,
The ones we don't know
We don't know.

You can find more of Palin's work here and more of Rumsfeld's here if you need a better sample before making your selection.

5 comments:

George said...

Can I opt for NONE OF THE ABOVE? The last great poet, for me, was Yeats. Most of 20th Century poetry turned into obscure puzzles.

Jerry House said...

If the choice is between Palin and Rumsfeld, I'd vote for my cat.

Cap'n Bob Napier said...

Palin. Shee looks better in a bikini.
Gotta give Rummy his due, though. The known/unknown reminds me of this bit of wisdom from Confucius: "He who knows what he knows and knows what he doesn't know is the sign of one who knows."

Anonymous said...

*reaches for the brain bleach to get the Cap'n's image of Rummy in a bikini out of my head*

Jeff

Anonymous said...

After reading the other selections I've got to go with Rummy, if only for this one (which is almost borrowed from "Once in a Lifetime" by Talking Heads):

A Confession
Once in a while,
I'm standing here, doing something.
And I think,
"What in the world am I doing here?"
It's a big surprise.


From Once in a Lifetime:
You may find yourself living in a shotgun shack
You may find yourself in another part of the world
You may find yourself behind the wheel of a large automobile
You may find yourself in a beautiful house, with a beautiful wife
You may ask yourself; Well...How did I get here?


Jeff