Sunday, January 25, 2009

nixon vs. frost


Richard Nixon vs. David Frost:
who d’you think deserved to be the winner,
the man interrogated, looking lost,
because the world condemned him as a sinner,
or the British novice who surprised
the former President why he did not
deep-six the tapes? The President capsized.
Perhaps he should have told him, “I forgot,”
since that explains more frequently than all
the other explanations for our folly,
why we don’t do the things we should, and fall,
like Atreus’ house, with deepest melancholy.
The fault, dear Brutus, is not in the stars,
that when we’re high we fall as underlings,
the reason why we fall upon our arse
is that our brains are cabbages, not kings.

Frank Langella has deservedly been nominated for an Oscar for his role of Nixon in the Oscar-nominated move “Frost-Nixon”.

© 2009 Gershon Hepner 1/8/09


  1. It's true, our brains even resemble cabbages, complete with the little veins and all.
    What a fun analogy.

  2. But the world is our oyster bed, and it takes a walrus to crack our hard skulls.