Journalism In Verse


Whose Father?

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Who’s father was he,
who had no children,
but a country,
built by thousands of slaves.
Who’s house lay in a valley
forged by lies.
Who had a black baker
who made him
a birthday cake
days before running away.
Who’s wife seemed
incapable of smiling
through the grimace of her life.
Who won wars
but not friends.
Who’s smile was wooden.
Who’s myth made of art
of stars and stripes.
Who never kissed a child,
put him to bed,
dandled her on his knee.
Who conned a country
into believing him
a better man
than the one
behind the curtain
he called his heart.



Jane Yolen has published over 378 books including 10 books of poems, children’s books, novels and nonfiction. She has received six honorary doctorates. She has won two Nebula Awards, three Mythopoeic Awards, two Christopher Medals, and two Storytelling Awards.


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