The Politician

By John Lee Clark

The Honorable Larry Nesvig stood up and strode to the podium and Linda Gallea the resident interpreter followed him and stood at a respectful distance

 

He opened his address to the Class of 1992 of the Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf by joking that he knew a little sign language

 

He gave us a thumbs up

 

We snorted

 

He said that when he was in the Air Force he learned another one

 

He said when we really mean it we do the special super duper double decker thumbs up

 

He made a thumbs up with his other hand and inserted it under the first one

 

We gasped and laughed

 

He was delighted with himself and decided to plumb it for all it was worth

 

He kept the special super duper double decker thumbs up there as he spoke now and then lifting it up and shaking it

 

You all have done a constipation job and I am sure you will have a constipation future and don’t forget to vote for me because you know I’m a constipation senator right

 

We were choking by the time the Honorable Larry Nesvig lifted what he didn’t know high above his head in triumph smiling like he couldn’t believe his luck

 

We couldn’t either

 

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John Lee Clark‘s poetry has appeared in many publications, including The Hollins Critic, Pif, Poetry, and The Seneca Review. His chapbook of poems is Suddenly Slow (Handtype Press, 2008) and he edited the anthology Deaf American Poetry(Gallaudet University Press, 2009). He is married to the cartoonist Adrean Clark, and they live in the Twin Cities area in Minnesota with their three sons.

 


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