December 5, 2018 Poetry , POETRY / FICTION

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Dotty LeMieux




President Pleasure Visits California



Says from the steps of Air Force One:


It really is a pleasure

to join you here

in Pleasure –

Look! They named a town after me!

A real pleasure, if Pleasure hadn’t burned to the ground

a shame

so sad


Can you get it built back up by my next trip?

So you won’t be embarrassed by all the mess?

My namesake, Pleasure, yes a real shame

Where’s that governor?

Where’s Jerry?


And Gavin, he’s the new Governor you know

You folks who live here in Pleasure really need

to get going with the rakes

like the Fins, now there are some smart people

No burned down towns on their watch

They know how to manage a forest

Cold place Finland

So not sure how much pleasure

And they have reindeers; did you know that


Like Santa, so that’s got to be fun


Here, let me give you a hug Gavin, spread

some Pleasure around

Feels good to help out

Remember, get out the rakes,

and maybe some snow, you ought to get some snow

Cover it all up; make it look good, you know

in the meantime

Well, it’s been a pleasure

Ha ha, get it?


Oh, and sorry about all the dead people

and what not, not good


Rakes, that’ll work

I like a great climate

Good to have this little chat




*Trump visited the town of Paradise California ground zero of the massive northern California wildfires that killed dozens and left thousands homeless. He got the name of the town wrong twice before being corrected by a member of the press.






Dotty LeMieux

Dotty LeMieux has published three chapbooks: Let us not Blame Foolish Women, Tombouctou Press; The Land, Smithereens Press; and Five Angels, Five Trees Press. She published the literary journal, The Turkey Buzzard Review for several years in the late 1970’s, early 80’s. Currently, she lives in northern California with her husband and two dogs where she practices law and helps progressive candidates with their election to office.

Dotty is proud to have been a Bernie Sanders delegate to the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

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