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November 10, 2006

Friday Poem

Filed under: poetry — alecsothblog @ 1:42 am

Looks like Donald Rumsfeld will have more time for his poetry (see Slate)

A Confession
by Donald Rumsfeld

Once in a while,
I’m standing here, doing something.
And I think,
“What in the world am I doing here?”
It’s a big surprise.

—May 16, 2001, interview with the New York Times


  1. I really like your friday poems, it’s not only that it’s a sign in my rss-reader that’s weekend again 😉

    This one is the hit!

    Comment by creezy — November 10, 2006 @ 4:49 am

  2. …cue Talking Heads song…

    Comment by guybatey — November 10, 2006 @ 6:59 am

  3. Hi Alec,

    I was reading a story on the 9/11 picture of Thomas Hoepker where I found a link to your blog. Personnaly this is one of most interesting photospaces I jumped into recently… great personal journal!

    Comment by Christophe — November 10, 2006 @ 7:43 am

  4. This one is rather Simic-esque.

    Comment by zbs — November 10, 2006 @ 10:30 am

  5. Phil Kline set a few of Rumsfeld’s most evocative poems to music a while back. They’re on his album “Zippo Songs.” WFMU recently posted some mp3s here (I’m assuming with his permission, since he’s a guest on the station from time to time):

    Comment by Aaron — November 10, 2006 @ 4:12 pm

  6. if this was a gunfight, I’d have to say my man Billy is still standing tall in the corral…

    Comment by harold hollingsworth — November 14, 2006 @ 1:43 am

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