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O Bama my Bama!

It’s really fucking weird what random shit comes to you when you’re taking a shower. With apologies to Walt Whitman.

O Bama my Bama! The painful part is done;
The country’s weathered pain galore, the tasks before us aren’t fun;
Our peace is near, yet crisis is here, our people all infighting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the journey uninviting:
But O heart! Heart! Heart!
O the country’s heart bleeds red,
Where in our House respect now lies,
Fallen cold and dead.

O Bama! My Bama! Now is the time to push;
Don’t stop–even though you rid us all of the backwards bush;
For you the road is hard and long- for you the polls a-dropping;
For your head they call, the ignorant mass, racism not stopping;
Obama! Dear leader!
The weight is on your head;
Keep the dream alive and well,
Not fallen cold and dead.

Our country does not become one, our parties hold the power;
The right hand hates the left hand, and the middle just cowers;
United we’d be safe and sound, our voyage closed and done;
No fearful tricks from hateful groups could defeat us as one;
Stop hate, O Dems, and Love, O Reps!
But I fear, with growing brow,
That in the future our country lies,
Fallen cold and dead.

44 thoughts on “O Bama my Bama!”

    1. @Sheila (CSR), I don’t think I said anywhere that you were racist or ignorant – just the people who are calling for Obama’s death (like that FB page) or think he’s some evil Muslim set on destroying America. That’s ignorant.

  1. Was that about sex? I only like poems about sex. Generally ones with the word “Nantucket” in them.

    PS – The house Walt Whitman was born in is about 5 minutes from where we live. Never been there, but there is a pretty good Mexican food joint right near it that I like.

  2. I thought this was a poem about Alabama at first…I was waiting on your glowing praises for the football team that won the national championship. But, no. It was about some kind of boat that looks like a man.

  3. I thought this was an ode to the Bama football team for a second, and then I was trying to figure out what chic you would be trying to impress by pretending to know anything about college sports.

  4. Why is it that people who don’t like Obama are considered ignorant and racist? I don’t like him and I am neither. I also didn’t care much for Bush. Why do political stances bring out the worst in people? It is just like religion. Drives me crazy.

    1. @Deb, I don’t think that people who don’t agree with our President are ignorant or racist. I think the ones who think that he’s going to blow up America and is a secret terrorist in disguise and want him to die, plus the ones who call him “nigger”, are ignorant and racist.

  5. Rather pessimistic, eh?

    Me? I rather see political parties as being anachronistic – the tool of their destruction is at hand – it’s called ‘The Internet’. I see ‘representative government’ as being anachronistic – the tool of its demise is at hand – it’s called ‘the Internet’. I see a new motivation for government and it’s called “The Will of the People” – the tool of its propagation is at hand – it’s called ‘The Internet.

    And Avitable is its Siren Voice.

  6. add me to the list of folks who saw the title and thought you were writing about alabama.
    then i started thinking about you in the shower and really didn’t care what political stuff you wrote. i’m shallow like that.

  7. I actually liked this- which says a lot because Whitman is my fav and I don’t often like people messing with him. Ok, I am going to stop now before I start saying things that sound like I’m responding to my students.

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