America’s First Black President

by flammeusgladius

America’s First Black President



(for Chris Brumley)



Our first black president?  Ah, quite a guy!

(If “guy” indeed is adequate locution

For any person rightly to apply

To such a guy.)  I brace my constitution

And put myself through unrestrained ablution

In order to prepare to praise the name

That offered our sad country a solution

To profound problems causing boundless shame.

Who else, I ask you now, could hope to tame

The ghost of slavery, ravening for blood?

Who else, I add, could even dare to aim

For justice, raise our nation from the mud?

I’m on the verge of tears – and can’t grow calmer.

I’m really going to miss that David Palmer.



–Tom Riley