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The Year in Verse

2012, the pundits will say, was the year the Republicans threw it away.

Unemployment was high and Obama seemed weak; the economy, we feared, might start to look Greek.

On Gingrich, on Perry, on Cain and Santorum! Mitt Romney, however, won big in that forum.

But Romney? He seldom would say what he meant to do with the country, less 47 percent.

Romney lied often and told his supporters, that Fiat would make Jeep a Chinese exporter.

Obama won big, Romney lost his Bay State; perhaps they should have read Five Thirty Eight.

Here? David Shenk lost to the redcoat Mychajliw, while Lenihan bid his party boss job adieu.

Tom Loughran went rogue, and he wouldn’t relent, and Swanick was sent away into retirement.

Collins beat Hochul in a newly formed district, and will comfortably stay there for good, I predict.

For now Trico is saved, but it still remains empty, and the lit-up grain elevators entertained plenty.

Antoine successfully found new employment, and his tenure will give us much mirth and enjoyment.

Next year? I wager that few things will change; deck chairs on Titanic that we’ll rearrange.

The mayor will be re-elected, no doubt, although news of some scandal is trickling out.

No hockey to play, and the Bills will still suck. Exposing the frackers? We’ll leave that to Buck.

The jokes we endure are always abundant, like suicide in Buffalo being redundant.

But cheer up, New York, and let’s lighten the mood: Our governor has to eat Sandra Lee’s “food.”

Few things will get better, over crumbs we will fight. Happy new year to all, and to all a good night.

- Alan Bedenko, Artvoice

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