Politician's Medicine                                           

            How often have we heard
            That the responsibilities of State
            Invariably tie a good man’s hands
            And force him to forego
            The very principles he’s staked his reputation on . . .
            Luckily for him the gravity conferred
            By shouldering such burdens for the common weal
            At such great moral cost
            May take the sting out of
            But to anaesthetise the pain incurred
            The most effective remedy is


            Emanuel E. García, The Virtues of Calamity, One Hundred Poems2013