You danced the waltz with queens and kings,
The minuet with dames and earls.
But now you dance the jig and sing
The blues with whiny swine in pearls.
Loud, jivey tongues with silver spoons
Warbled words with flowery long stems.
But forked tongues sing dulcet tunes,
Banal words from the Devil’s hymn.
You danced the minuet in glitzy jewels
Such finery from toe to hair.
But clothes make not the man, the fool,
Won’t cover the shame that you bare.
The dance is charming, so divine
With champagne and pate’ you’re wooed.
But an old adage lost with time,
“Always dance with the one who brought you!”
Dance, dance while the music goes on.
New partner, the Devil’s cut in.
He’s leading now. But it won’t last long,
As they say, “All good things must come to and end.”
Source of Inspiration for The Swine Waltz
Pardon my soap box! I was raised in East Texas by my mother, an elected government official, and my father, a Texas Highway Patrolman. They taught me to read the newspaper, know what is going on in the world around me, have an opinion, and vote. Thus, the multimedia world of sensationalism gives me explosive subjects on which to write dramatic opines in poetic form. Since many of the people in the largest city in Texas (Houston) were affected by the Enron corporate scandal, I was enraged and moved to pen this poem, The Swine’s Waltz, which was originally entitled, “The Enron Waltz”.
The Swine Waltz was published in The Best Poems and Poets of 2005.