The Trouble With Political Pygmies…

The trouble with political pygmies…


I wish it was the start of an expansive joke,

the dig in the ribs,

the head back laughing,

the sly smile from a circumspect, normally

vigilant lady caught off guard,

the barman and the best friend slapping

you on the back till your spine hurts

and becomes bruised by morning

but it is all worth it as the laughter

sees the room united in contempt

for the butt of the joke

and in solidarity

to the one who supplied the punch line.


The trouble with political pygmies

is the world is full of them…


…if you are waiting for the punch line

then be worried,

for you have already missed the point.


Ian D. Hall 2017