“I Like Ike”

Issue 32 by Robert Rubino

I Like Ike

(or A Real Old Person Talking Politics to an Imaginary Much Younger Person)

When I was your age

the subway cost fifteen cents

gas cost thirty-two cents a gallon

television was free

& so was Saturday confession

in preparation for Sunday communion

when I was your age

the Giants & Dodgers played home games in New York

& hockey goalies didn’t hide behind

scary-angry grotesque Marvelesque masks

& neither did elected & selected Republicans

because they were also republicans & reputable too

& the Republican/republican popular president

had been a five-star star

of a real reality show — the definitive blockbuster —

ratings went through the roof

it was called the D-Day invasion

& the bloody siege liberated Europe

from radical right-wing egomaniacal whack jobs.

When I was your age

(now don’t get me wrong we didn’t live in Utopia — no — far from it)

but hockey goalies didn’t wear masks

& elected & selected Republicans (while not exactly woke)

didn’t hide behind an antebellum anti-republic

bloody boorish bullying cult of personality dysfunction.

About the Author

Robert Rubino

Since retiring from daily journalism in 2013, Robert Eugene Rubino has published poetry and prose in various online and print literary journals, including Hippocampus, The Esthetic Apostle, The Write Launch, Haunted Waters Press, Forbidden Peak Press, Cagibi, Cathexis Northwest, High Shelf Press, Raw Art Review, MacQueen's Quinterly and Gravitas, and in the anthologies Poetic Bond IX, Earth Hymn and Poems from the Lockdown. He's old enough to remember the Cuban Missile Crisis and smart enough to solve The New York Times crossword puzzle on Mondays (other days not so much).