Posted in Chutzpah


Kennedy – almost America’s Royal Family
the First Family amongst the First Families
First Family of politics,
and Catholicism.
Would you vote for a Catholic in 1960?
When Al Smith lost in 1928
a prominent senator sent a telegram to the Pope – ‘ unpack.’

Actually Catholicism was the lesser of two evils for JFK
the bigger one was Joe –
his old man
wheeler dealer,
concupiscent , lascivious, and almost Nazi and profiteer.
Newly sanitised – “ Mr Ambassador ”…..
but nobody believed that.

On the trail in Virginia or Kentucky things turned ugly
hecklers hostile to JFK – one snarling
“ your old man’s just buying this election,”
simmering ugliness threatened to boil .
“You’re exactly right,” replied JFK
“ and the old man said don’t win big,
I’m damned if I’m paying for a landslide.”



Most of my life has been spent on the bench, occasionally called into the game by extravagance or attenuation. Waiting has turned a loner into a recorder - nondescript and inconsequential, more not noticed than overlooked - the non-vantage point of children not yet considered old enough to understand. Orphaned Islands (Un)poetry is a lifetime of picking anecdotes up and not throwing them away. Stories collected like odds and ends placed in a box in the basement, the garage, the garden shed - uncertain as to what their use might be but knowing that one day there might be one.