POEM: Spinal Tap!

Spinal Tap!

The Back Story of a Crippling Disease


When the article describing moral fibrosis,

(including the protocol for diagnosis)

appeared in the pages

and under the aegis

of the New England Journal of Medicine a century ago,


who knew? who could possibly know

that the disease would wait latently

to break out blatantly

thanks to the appetite of a pudgy man

with golden locks and a wrap-around grin


who took extraction lessons from a vampire named Vlad,*

but, eschewing the traditional sucking of blood,

chose a diet of moral fiber instead,

which leaves the victim still kicking but essentially dead,

(as described by James Comey in his recent op ed).**


*Vlad, Vladi, and Vovaare all nicknames for Vladimir, as in Putin.Vlad III Dracula, known as Vlad the Impaler, was a fifteenth-century ruler of Wallachia, whose dynastic name and reputation for cruelty served as the basis for the bloodsucking protagonist of Bram Stoker’s novel, Dracula.

** “Accomplished people lacking inner strength can’t resist the compromises necessary to survive Mr. Trump …. Mr. Trump eats your soul in small bites.” Comey op-ed, How Trump Co-opts Leaders Like Bill Barr, May 1, 2019, New York Times