Almanac Poetry: The ‘Vision’ Thing


George Bush Sr, H. Ross Perot and Bill Clinton, at the Richmond Presidential debate, 1992. [Wikimedia Commons.]


The ‘Vision’ Thing
(George Bush Sr. during the 1992 U.S. Presidential campaign)


George Bush sat glumly in a room
in the West Wing of the White House
surrounded by concerned advisors.
He’d just had his butt kicked
on nationwide TV
in the Richmond debate
by Bill Clinton. (There were times when,
seemingly unaware of the cameras,
he actually took a peek at his watch,
as if anxious for the whole ordeal
to be over
— he didn’t appear that interested
in what was being discussed at the time;
namely, the nation’s future.)
‘Mr. President,’ said one of the staffers
in the West Wing room,
snapping him out of his abstraction,
‘There is a perception, however wrong,
that you have no major plans
for the next four years
if re-elected.
You need to tell the people
what you are going to do,
not only what you’ve done for them
up until now.’


‘Oh yeah,’ the President replied,
his mind beginning to drift again,
as he gazed through the wide bay windows
at two dogs (Pekinese, he thought)
fucking on the lawn.
‘Yeah, Bob. That’s it
— the “vision” thing.’



(Acknowledgement: previously published in my third poetry collection, Orpheus in the Undershirt, Ginninderra Press, 2018.)



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Kevin Densley is a graduate of both Deakin University and The University of Melbourne. He has taught writing and literature in numerous Victorian universities and TAFES. He is a poet and writer-in-general. His fifth book-length poetry collection, Please Feed the Macaws ... I'm Feeling Too Indolent, will be published in late 2023 by Ginninderra Press. He is also the co-author of ten play collections for young people, as well as a multi Green Room Award nominated play, Last Chance Gas, which was published by Currency Press. Other writing includes screenplays for educational films.

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