A PARODY is a humorous or satirical imitation of a serious piece of literature or writing. In the following parody of Charles Kingsley’s famous poem Young and Old, I have made every effort to mimic the flavor of the original piece: the discourse on opposites, the finished length, the galloping cadence, the unusual rhyme scheme. “Don” is,
of course, a narcissistic president more concerned about his dessert than the plight of the refugees in… uh… whichever country he just bombed. Don’t be a Don, folks. If you have food on your table, give thanks. If you have extra, graciously share it with your neighbor.
THE TOP AND THE BOTTOM
When every meal is fine, Don
all lobster tails and steak
Paired with the perfect wine, Don
and gorgeous chocolate cake
Then raise your glass to wealth, Don
A toast to billionaires!
Indulge your precious self, Don
Reach for your silverware
But don’t forget the ones, Don
whose budgets barely stretch
They make their grocery runs, Don
the day they get their checks
All beans and rice and staple foods
for soups and casseroles
Yet bow their heads in gratitude
to He who fills their bowls
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