Activist Poet Calvin Trillin’s poem to WI Gov Scott Walker


Recently I came across a magazine call “The Nation.” I find it interesting to read as an alternative to the usual suspects, i.e. Newsweek, Time, New Yorker. In the current issue there are articles on the following topics:

  1. Letters section “Scrap the Constitution?” and “Epps Replies”
  2. Article on “The Spirit of Wisconsin” by John Nicols
  3. Article on “The End of Secrecy” by Micah L. Sifry
  4. Article on “After Berlusconi, Nichi?” by Frederika Randall

And much more but, I wanted to share my favorite piece from this issue. I enjoy the poetry of Stuart Dybek, Carl Sandburg and Walt Whitman to name a few. Today I will add to that list Calvin Trillin. Below is the poem with credit to “The Nation” and Calvin Trillin.

Scott Walker said that he was just a bloke

Who, knowing that his state was going broke,

Saw saving measures that he must invoke.

But then, when he obsequiously spoke

To someone who he thought was David Koch

(It wasn’t Koch; a guy had played a joke),

The phone pals made it clear they’d like to choke

Off unions’ rights, and saw this as the stroke–

A stoke disguised within a budget cloak–

To start the unions’ going up in smoke.

No surprise there.

I hope you enjoyed the poem as much as I did and if you would like to learn more about what “The Nation” shares with its readers please visit their website at

Thank you to comalliwrites from twitter for pointing out that I was a victim of auto correct. Trillin’s name was spelled incorrectly.

About fiercebuddhist

Welcome. I am happy that our paths have crossed. Here you will find various poems, articles and photography. I hope that you enjoy them and visit often. I am currently working on writing “A Haiku A Day” so that I can, perhaps, have enough good ones for publication. If you are wondering what a “Fierce Buddhist” the following declaration should clarify. The “Fierce” in FierceBuddhist I define as “an obligation to do what I can to benefit all sentient beings, not just those close to me or those I agree with. If I see something or someone that is hurting others I must step forward and do what I can to assist them.” In the Army and in the dojo I learned how to defend myself, family and country but that does not mean I endorse the use of force. Two nonviolent examples of Fierce Buddhists that come to mind are Thich Nhat Hanh and the Dalai Lama. While I do not claim be even close to them I can strive and so can you. Furthermore, my Buddhist name, given to me by Sensei Kubose, is Seiyo. His interpretation of my communication and interaction with him led him to this name. He told me Seiyo means “Fierce Sun.” The sun shines on everyone without prejudices without giving preferential treatment to anyone. This is tough to live up to, as you can imagine, but it sure sets the tone for my life. In Buddhism this is called a Fierce Bodhisattva. I am only on the path to Enlightenment and can only say to be a Fierce Buddhist.

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