Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Avian Graffiti

Tom McCall was the governor of Oregon from 1967 to 1975.

Dear Editor: I’m writing on behalf
of my community, which you now call
a “public nuisance”. True, it was a gaffe—
I don’t imagine Governor Tom McCall
appreciates the extra decoration
appended to his statue by my clan—
but understand: we can’t resist temptation
in form of statue, abstract, horse or man.
For better race relations, I propose
(constructive thought here, I’m not just a whiner)
that statues wear protective overclothes.
The inconvenience is surely minor.
“Impossible!” I see you looking daggers
at me, as though we pigeons all were taggers.

12 comments:

Mad Kane said...

Haha! Good one! Mad Kane

...deb said...

A revered governor. My husband just finished an interesting & engaging biography about him: Fire at Eden's Gate: Tom McCall&the Oregon Story

Well done, Tiel.

tumblewords said...

One day you're the statue, the next... A clever letter!

Linda said...

Hysterical sonnet! Love it!

sbpoet said...

Oh, this is great!

sister AE said...

Now I can't get the image out of my head - the one where bright yellow raincoats have been wrestled onto statues in the park...

ozymandiaz said...

That's fresh, pidgeon poetry

Norma said...

A bird's eye view of politics.
Very clever.

http://collectingmythoughts.blogspot.com/2008/01/its-not-because-we-are-not-fat-or-snug.html

my backyard said...

Writing from the viewpoint of a pigeon--very creative!

Christy said...

wonderful!

especially loved the last line

Cloudscome said...

Very clever!

paisley said...

excellent tiel.. i wasn't sure till the last line what the title was referring to... but immediately all doubts were consumed!!!!! love it....