In the “God I Wish This Was True” Category -Inaugural Poem for Donald J. Trump

Earlier today, the British newspaper The Independent published a copy of a poem that “pays tribute to his Scottish ancestry and attacks Barack Obama” (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-inauguration-poem-barack-obama-tyrant-scottish-heritage-a7530506.html).

And then it went from there.

“The President-elect’s mother, Mary Anne Macleod, is a Scot and grew up on the Hebridean island of Lewis.

The poem, which was not commissioned by Mr Trump or his transition team, refers to snatching power from “a tyrant” who has “ill-gotten power”.

 It was written by celebrated American poet Joseph Charles McKenzie of the Society of Classical Poets.”
Celebrated? I had never heard of him. Maybe I have overlooked him. Maybe that’s why they missplled his name.
There are many living poets out there in America who have certainly been celebrated – Billy Collins, Natasha Trethaway, Mary Oliver to name just a few, but I had not heard of MacKenzie.
I have an English degree. Took a few poetry classes. Taught a lot of poetry to freshmen all the way to AP Lit students. Written bad poetry myself. I have never run into a poem by MacKenzie.
But I have heard of a Charlie MacKenzie. He’s a fictional character in the movie So I Married An Axe-Murderer and he’s played by Michael Myers of SNL fame. In it he plays not only Charlie, but his cantankerous father, Stuart MacKenzie, who is Scottish. Myers’s actual parents are Scottish, so he does the accent extremely well.
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The parts where Stuart talks about the size of his son’s head and the “pentavirate” and the wedding reception singing Rod Stewart are hilarious.
You should see it. You will hear the Shrek voice for the first time.
But that’s the wrong MacKenzie.
So I read the poem and all of its introductory glory on the website for The Society of Classical Poets.
I am glad I did. I feel better about my own poetry.

Pibroch of the Domhnall

By Joseph Charles MacKenzie

Author’s Notes:

§ The refrains at the end of each stanza are to be recited by the Inaugural crowd.
§ A Pibroch is a rallying bagpipe tune and is pronounced like “PEA-brohgh.”
§ Domhnall, the Scottish form of the name Donald, is pronounced like “TONE-all”
§ Torquil was the royal progenitor of the MacLeods of Lewis, the outer hebridean island and birthplace of President Trump’s immigrant mother, Mary Anne MacLeod.

Come out for the Domhnall, ye brave men and proud,
The scion of Torquil and best of MacLeod!
With purpose and strength he came down from his tower
To snatch from a tyrant his ill-gotten power.
Now the cry has gone up with a cheer from the crowd:
“Come out for the Domhnall, the best of MacLeod!”

When freedom is threatened by slavery’s chains
And voices are silenced as misery reigns,
We’ll come out for a leader whose courage is true
Whose virtues are solid and long overdue.
For, he’ll never forget us, we men of the crowd
Who elected the Domhnall, the best of MacLeod!

When crippling corruption polluted our nation
And plunged our economy into stagnation,
As self-righteous rogues took the opulent office
And plump politicians reneged on their promise,
The forgotten continued to form a great crowd
That defended the Domhnall, the best of MacLeod!

The Domhnall’s a giver whilst others just take,
Ne’er gaining from that which his hands did not make.
A builder of buildings, employing good men,
He’s enriched many cities by factors of ten.
The honest and true gladly march with the crowd
Standing up for the Domhnall, the best of MacLeod!

True friend of the migrant from both far and near,
He welcomes the worthy, but guards our frontier,
Lest a murderous horde, for whom hell is the norm,
Should threaten our lives and our nation deform.
We immigrants hasten to swell the great crowd
Coming out for the Domhnall, the best of MacLeod!

Academe now lies dead, the old order rots,
No longer policing our words and our thoughts;
Its ignorant hirelings pretending to teach
Are backward in vision, sophomoric in speech.
Now we learnèd of mind add ourselves to the crowd
That cheers on the Domhnall, the best of MacLeod!

The black man, forgotten, in poverty dying,
The poor man, the sick man, with young children crying,
The soldier abroad and the mother who waits,
The young without work or behind prison gates,
The veterans, wounded, all welcome the crowd
That fights for the Domhnall, the best of MacLeod!

Whilst hapless old harridans flapping their traps
Teach women to look and behave like us chaps,
The Domhnall defends the defenseless forlorn;
For, a woman’s first right is the right to be born.
Now the bonnie young lassies that fly to the crowd
Have a champion in Domhnall, the best of MacLeod!

But for all his great wisdom, the braw gallant man
Is matched by his children, the handsome Trump clan,
And the flower of Europe, Melania the fair,
Adds a luster and grace with her long flowing hair.
May they flourish and prosper to form a great crowd
Around the good Domhnall, the best of MacLeod!

Is there man left in Scotland, without base alloy,
Who remembers the Wallace, the Bruce, or Rob Roy?
Or have five hundred years of a blasphemous lie
Robbed your manhood of might that you lay down and die?
Get up and walk free, all ye brave men and proud!
Long life to the Domhnall, the best of MacLeod!

 
 Please remember that there is a part of me that really thinks this might actually be connected to the 45th president. The rest of me is thinking that this ha to be a parody of some sorts.
Why? Well I thought after reading it that the corpse of Robert Burns would literally come out of his grave, drink a fifth of scotch, and piss on a copy of this poem, not to mention that when I hear “MacLeod!” shouted repeatedly I think of the original Highlander movie (which kicked ass by the way).
So then I started reading the comments from the “Comments” section.
Priceless.
So then, I had to go and read up on one Joseph Charles McKenzie because in one of the responses to his comments, he lovingly shared his website – https://mackenziepoet.com.

Just go to his website. Big on lyrical poetry. BIG ON HIS LYRICAL POETRY.

And he even compares himself to the likes of Shakespeare and W. B. Yeats. I have heard of those two guys.

“One of my professors, an Oxonian named Charles Bell, indicated that some of my sonnets surpassed many of Shakespeare’s.”

“The only solution to the crisis is the triumphant appearance of Joseph Charles MacKenzie’s Sonnets for Christ the King, the first significant body of traditional lyric verse produced since the poems of W.B. Yeats and Charles Péguy.”

And then the magic was taken away as Snopes.com reported that the poem was not really the true inauguration poem (http://www.snopes.com/trumps-inauguration-poem/).

It reported,

Although this article was published under the headline “Poem celebrating Donald Trump inauguration describes Barack Obama as a ‘tyrant,'” The Independent used a more sensational (and less factual) title when they shared this item on social media — “Donald Trump to pay tribute to British heritage at inauguration with poem about Scotland”:

trump inauguration poem

Several other publications also shared this poem in articles claiming that it was “Donald Trump’s inauguration poem,” misleading readers into believing that this poem would actually be read at the inaugural event. Paper Magazine, for instance, reported that this was the “official poem for President-elect Trump’s inauguration:”

The official poem for President-elect Trump’s inauguration celebrates the Trump clan’s Scottish roots (his mother, Mary Anne Macleod was born and raised in Scotland till she was 18) while taking time to exalt Trump to Christ status, and call President Obama a “tyrant.”

However, this poem is not an “official” selection for Trump’s inauguration, nor was it commissioned by the president-elect. The text of the The Independent‘s article explained that this poem was merely inspired by Trump’s election:

The poem, which was not commissioned by Mr Trump or his transition team, refers to snatching power from “a tyrant” who has “ill-gotten power”.

It was written by celebrated American poet Joseph Charles McKenzie of the Society of Classical Poets.

The group said the inspiration behind the poem is “to touch on the classical poetry existing throughout American history, and the inauguration poem marks important moments in US political history”.

This “inauguration” poem was first published by the web site ClassicPoets.org on 15 January 2017. The group did not claim that the poem would be read at the inauguration, but their version of the poem was accompanied by instructions for how the it would theoretically be presented if it were used at the inauguration:

§ The refrains at the end of each stanza are to be recited by the Inaugural crowd.
§ A Pibroch is a rallying bagpipe tune and is pronounced like “PEA-brohgh.”
§ Domhnall, the Scottish form of the name Donald, is pronounced like “TONE-all”
§ Torquil was the royal progenitor of the MacLeods of Lewis, the outer hebridean island and birthplace of President Trump’s immigrant mother, Mary Anne MacLeod.

When the group shared the poem on Facebook, the lyric was accompanied by a message imploring Trump to include the poem, making it clear that this poem had not been selected for this purpose in the first place:

No Republican has had an inaugural poem. Trump should be the first…

This poem is not listed in the schedule of events planned for the inauguration. 

We’ve reached out to both Joseph Charles McKenzie, the poem’s author, and the Society of Classic Poets for more information. “

Still think I might just slip this poem in a class one day and see what happens, and if I ever meet one Joseph Charles MacKenzie I will have to thank him for the time well spent reading and researching this posting. I will also have to ask him what he thinks of his poems.

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