Georgia Straight Reviews Creative City Cabaret

Reciting The Danger of Gay Marriage
Reciting The Danger of Gay Marriage

The Georgia Straight’s Jesssica Werb reports on Saturday night’s Creative City Cabaret, a talent show of candidates in the civic election: “Some highlights included NPA council candidate Sean Bickerton’s own political poetry.”

For my part, I read “The Dangers of Gay Marriage”, a poem I wrote back in early 2006 while still living in New York. We were in the midst of a very ugly congressional election campaign in which all of the major issues facing the nation were ignored in favour of a hate-filled diatribe against gay families and our ability to marry the person we love.

The disastrous consequences – for the U.S. and indeed the entire world – are now plain for all to see. But Tom and I decided to move back to Canada that summer for the rest of our lives, so we could live in a place less consumed by hatred, where gay men and women can truly live free.

The Dangers of Gay Marriage 

Where, oh where, is Osama bin Laden?
Has anyone ever looked in Baden-Baden?
We seek him here, we seek him there …
That damned elusive baluchithere!

Have a concern about Avian Flu? 
The folks at WHO say it could be for you!
Tommy Thompson said we’re quite unprepared,
So people watching news reports are very, very scared!

Say, did you see that Hurricane Katrina?
Al Gore’s saying the next one could be even meaner!
We’re all adrift together on global warming’s rising tide,
So batten down the hatches folks, it may be quite a ride!

Then there’s all that violence in the deserts of Iraq
Hard to hear the good news over all that clackety-clack!
Day after day with more IEDs going “Boom!”
It’s tough not to feel an impending sense of doom.

The Dow Jones is headed South,
Anne Coulter runs off her foul mouth,
Pastors pray for God to kill judges
What’s left of their souls but wrinkled up smudges?

Republicans revel in attacks against gays,
Dems try to vamp while counting the days;
The unitary executive keeps expanding its power,
While the Courts and the Congress dither and cower.

Healthcare’s a joke
For all common folk,
And wages get smaller
Along with our dollar.

Gas prices are way too high
Way too many terrorists too willing to die;
Republicans say we’ve got way too many wetbacks
And Lord knows we’ve faced way too many setbacks!

But have no fear, help is at hand,
For the leader of the Senate has said
There’ll be no gay weddings at all in this land:
In this nation gay marriage is dead.