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Posted by on Dec 7, 2008 in Media | 4 comments

Thirteen Ways of Looking at Chris Matthews (A Poetic Tribute)

Full disclosure:  embarrassing as it is to admit, I —like Nora Ephron—am practically in love with Chris Matthews.  This does not make me blind to his faults (with his Hillary-hatred topping my personal list), but it does impel me from time to time to compose a poetic tribute.

This one, for which I tender in advance my profoundest apologies to the late and very great Wallace Stevens,  was composed in honor of Matthews’ recently announced political aspirations and their (apparent)  soon-to-be-announced retraction.

I
Among a dozen talking heads,
The only voice one heard
Was the voice of Chris Matthews.

 

II
It was very wrong.
Like Chris M.
On the day of the flight-suit.

III
A thrill ran up Chris Matthews’ leg.
It was a small thread in the tapestry.

IV
Chris Matthews and Hardball
Are one.
Chris Matthews and Hardball and Tweety
Are one.


V
He never told us it was fair:
His reviling of Hillary;
Or his shilling for Obama:
Chris Matthews ranting,
Or “in the tank.”

VI
While sleeping on the train one day,
He was touched by dread.
The shadow of the Clintons
Flitted, to and fro.
He woke;
He remembered fear:
A Machiavellian ploy.

VII
O Pennsylvania,
Surely you won’t re-elect Specter.
Can you not see how Chris Matthews
Talks circles round him
And all other contenders?

VIII
Specter’s homespun accents,
Fall lucidly on the ear, I know.
But I know, too
The high-pitched yawp of Matthews
Always prevails.


IX
The other pundits fell silent when
Matthews held forth;
To argue would be futile.

X
At the sight of Tweety’s
Gigantic yellow head,
Even the bawds of symmetry
Would cry out sharply.


XI
“Chris Matthews to run for the Senate,”
The reports all said.
Chills ran up our legs.
But did we mistake
A negotiating ploy
For settled fact?

XII
Hardball is on now.
Chris Matthews must be shouting.
XIII
It was Obama’s victory,
He won it all,
And was the president-elect.
Chris Matthews said,
I’ll stick with Hardball.”

CROSS POSTED AT BUCK NAKED POLITICS & I DON’T LIKE YOU EITHER

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