Artwork © S.A. Griffin


Trump’s Farewell

Trump’s still your legal Prez. Make no mistake:
Rigged poll results do not mean that we lost.
Usurper Biden is illegal, fake—
My lawyers proved it, though the case was tossed.
Poll workers in the states with me ahead
Should have shut down the count, and where behind,
Found evidence that legions of the dead,
At Halloween, mailed votes to rob me blind! …
Red-state America, your leader sez:
Eviction from the White House ain’t defeat.
With modern-presidential tweets, your Prez
Extends his reign from Mar-a-Lago’s suite,
Luxuriously, as befits a Trump—
Let Biden slum it in that White-House dump!


Mike Mesterton-Gibbons is a Professor Emeritus at Florida State University. Although he still works on game-theoretic models of animal behavior, not teaching means time for writing, especially acrostic sonnets, one of which won the Adult Category of the Southern Shakespeare Company’s 2020 Sonnet Contest. Other acrostic sonnets have appeared in Light, Lighten Up Online and several other journals. He also writes limericks, several of which have appeared in Britain’s Daily Mail.

S.A. Griffin lives, loves and works in Los Angeles.