This is a real piece of Don Siegelman fan fiction/poetry from a former:
My name is Sue Walker, and I am a Professor of English at the University of South Alabama — and a poet. I was Poet Laureate of Alabama from 2003 – 2013.
I could not resist writing this poem that expresses my thoughts about Siegelman’s imprisonment that should not be.
Dear Mr. President,
Do you remember
the poem you wrote
Remember you said:
“What to do with me, a green young man
Who fails to consider the
Flim and flam of the world . . .”
You are no longer that green young man
who published poems in Feast,
Spring 1981 and maybe listening t
to Diana Ross sing “Mirror, Mirror,”
and you see your face, “framed within
Pop’s black-framed glasses . . .”
Does the future devour
the past – even if glorious?
Federal District Judge U.W. Clemon
in 2004 said the prosecution of Don Siegelman
“was without legal merit,”
“the most unfounded criminal case
of his judicial career.”
Proof against Don was from one witness only,
Nick Bailey, an extortionist who made a deal
for favorable treatment.
It is now January, 2015, and I don’t need to tell you
Don Siegelman is still in jail. Perhaps
you did not see his daughter’s letter.
Listen. Can you hear the sound
sorrow makes? Can you feel
the reach of tears? Tell me
the miles from Mobile, Alabama
to Hell. Tell me the distance
from Washington, DC.
You know the press of a daughter’s heart.
Dana says she cannot sleep because,
her father is held in solitary confinement,
without warm winter clothes,
in strange prisons and jails,
“en route” to Oakdale Federal Penitentiary:
a month of solitary confinement,
unfed for a full day in transit to the hearing
In transit to Montgomery, he’s in handcuffs and shackles,
Unfed he, the unthreat to society.
Don Siegelman is not Bernie Madoff,
but he is in solitary, in isolation, in the hole.
For a hearing to free him, he is cuffed,
shackled and chained in orange prison garb.
Obama, you gave first pardons
to nine people in 2010, granted two separate batches
of pardons in 2011, eight in May and five in November
for minor offenses. Why such harsh treatment of Siegelman?
Won’t you Free Don?
Here is a haiku:
How about a poem that ryhmes…
The Don committed the crime
The Don must do the time
Keep the man in a cage
Ignore a liberal’s feckless rage
Embarrassment is a regular fact
Lack of skills and lack of tact
Activist push this embarrassing sham
Ignoring crimes and an embarrassing man
It’s politics they scream, it’s politics they cry
Why oh why won’t the Democrat President try
Save the Don, the weakly proclaim
Don’t save the Don, he’s Alabama’s shame
I now throw my hat in the ring to be Alabama’s next Poet Laureate.
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