Petrified: Mt. Trumpmore

Petrified: Mt. Trumpmore - WryTimes

There he is, finally, among the Elect,
Chiseled into stone atop Mt. Rushmore,
Just as magnificent as those other fellows, 
The Big Boys—Washington, Jefferson, TR and Lincoln— 
Even more magnificent, he says to himself, and says again.

To eclipse the stone-grey solemnity of their faces,
He orders his own rocky features to be fully colorized:
Hair more golden than amber waves of grain,
Killer eyes of permafrost blue, burnt sienna for the cheeks,
Lips cherry red and rounded into a sphincter-like orifice,
To perpetualize his denunciation of the O-dious Adam Schiff.
Perfect! he concludes, gazing up at his likeness in stone.

Except it isn’t perfect.
Something is awry on the mountainside:
While his likeness is being gouged out of a cliff,
The other four Presidents are turning their backs on him.

Henceforth visitors to Mt. Rushmore will see only
The back of Washington’s head,
The backs of Jefferson’s and TR’s heads,
And the back of Lincoln’s head, shaking in disbelief.

Pilgrims peering up in search of presidential grandeur
Will see only one face, the sneering face of Donald Trump,
Carved out of rock by a knowing stone mason’s hand,
Perfectly petrified, petrified perfectly. ❏

David Rubin is a retired faculty member from the College of Public and Community Service, UMass-Boston, who continues writing fiction, memoir, and an occasional poem or two.

Photo by Brandon Mowinkle


7 Responses

  1. Hearty congrats, David! The “sphincter-like” lips is my favorite phrase, but the whole piece is powerful, emphatic, and of course entirely apt. Keep poeticizing! 👍😊

  2. Enjoyed the satire…but, you know with the trumpster anything is possible…wouldn’t be surprised if in the end he has the other four moved to northern Alaska, replacing all with statues of his own family.

  3. I never want to see him among any “greats”!
    So good,David! Congrats

  4. Dear David,
    At last somebody came to their senses! Hurree hurrah and three cheers for more to come.

  5. Thanks, David. Love the image of the 4 truly great presidents, even if two of them were slave owners they had many positive attributes which helped to build our beloved country, turning their backs and shaking their stone heads!
    Now, how quickly can we get him to turn into perfect, petrified rock?

  6. Thank you, David – A brilliant take on the insane ambitions of our oppressor, now sending armed battalions, as King George put it, “to remind you of my love” !?

  7. David,
    This is too nuanced for me.
    Will you stop beating around the bush and say forthrightly: Do you like Trump or don’t you?

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