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The First Debate

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The First Debate

Like gladiators, though in suits,
They marched onto the stage,
Their confidence or nervousness
Impossible to gauge.

The moderator welcomed them.
The crowd gave their applause;
And then we held our breaths, in hope
Of seeing someone’s flaws.

Their words lashed out, attacking,
Modern weapons they were wielding;
And both repeated errors – 
To the truth they weren’t yielding.

We squirmed a bit at things they said
And silently entreated,
Encouraging our candidate
To not act so defeated.

The commentators waited
‘Til the battle reached its end
And then declared the winner,
Which supporters would defend.

At home, we turned the tube off
And, elated or dismayed,
We wondered if the undecided
Might have gotten swayed.

With two more competitions
Plus the VP’s set to meet,
It’s too soon to determine
Who will end up in defeat.

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  1. Date: 10/7/2012 6:33:00 PM
    I will never forget the Vice Presidential debate between Dan Quayle and Lloyd Bentsen back in 1988. Bentsen said to Quayle "....Senator, you are no Jack Kennedy". Good poem as usual Ilene.

  1. Date: 10/5/2012 3:20:00 AM
    I like the meaningful phrases about life , lending weight to your keen observations, ilene.. very well crafted expressions throughout.. november beckons!..:) huggs!

  1. Date: 10/4/2012 4:38:00 PM
    Wow, ilene, I feel remiss if I don't comment on how impressed I am with your, forgive me but, amazing style and ability. Your perception of us fellow human being's is, well let's just say it's nice to know someone out there is sane. :)

  1. Date: 10/4/2012 3:50:00 PM
    Good write Ilene. I too watched it. It is too early to know, but whoever wins, we will have to stand by him, because he will be our president. Thanks for sharing. Lucy

  1. Date: 10/4/2012 2:40:00 PM
    yep, it's too early to tell. They say the contender usually does the best first time out. I was not impressed by either one this time!