unforgivably bad writing

warning, a political thingy. Also, it will make your jaw drop. I'm serious.

The poem that showed up in Pakistani school books spells it out.

Officials claim it was just an amazing coincidence.

Here's the start. See if you can figure out allllll the first letters of the poem's first lines. If you can't guess the secret behind the rest of the excrescence, and you want to, go ahead--read the whole poem at the BBC link above. Be prepared to feel ill, laugh yer ass off (or perhaps applaud?) I guess it's a success as a work of art because it's guaranteed to have an effect on most peeps.
THE LEADER by anonymous
Patient and steady with all he must bear,
Ready to meet every challenge with care,
Easy in manner, yet solid as steel,
Strong in his faith, refreshingly real.
Isn't afraid to propose what is bold,
Doesn't conform to the usual mould,
Eyes that have foresight, for hindsight won't do,
Never backs down when he sees what is true,
Tells it all straight, and means it all too.

Winning the war on terror, one hellacious poem at a time. Ah, propaganda! Their hearts and minds are ours!

**UPDATED: I finally read the actual date of the article. December 2005...Okay so you get the news late at Kate's place, but it's still news of a sort, eh? I found it on some librul site somewhere (huffpost) and now that the blogs are playing with it, I hope there will be some fine poetry produced in response. Oh, boy! That will be fun and probably just as excruciating and forced as the original Work.

Yo, the fact that many people still respond to it with fear, loathing, amusement etc is yet another sign that this poem is Real W of A. It stands up to the test of time.


  1. If I weren't so EXHAUSTED from all that work this afternoon, I'd craft a poem of my own. Let's see if I can do two lines for you.

    PPetulant boy-king hides snifter of booze
    Reckless dictator with nothing to lose

    How's that? It's got the right meter!

  2. Whoops. Screwed up the P.

  3. It's all so annoying. I keep trying to follow that up with something, but I'm rather stunned still. Propaganda at it's most sickening. Bush is an icky creepoid.

  4. yeah, what I find most annoying is like Doug now I'm trying to compose my own version. I need my brain back!

    I have about six of this style of "poetry", all mother's day cards forced on my kids by various teachers. My kids are smart enough to take the short cut: MOM not MUTHER. Maybe I should send my cards to Pakistan because God knows they're better written than The Leader.

  5. I hate it when I forget teh commas.


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