Mystery poet emerges

    For the last several years I worked at the Daily News, I would occasionally receive poems and jokes lampooning Philly politics. At first I didn’t know the author. She soon revealed herself, but asked me not to put her name on her work when I published it because she wasn’t sure her firm would take it so well.

    She’s now on her own, and I’m happy to credit Sharon Suleta with this ode to the year gone by:


    A PHILLY YEAR: 2010

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    As two thousand ten slips from our grasp

    Let’s pause and look back at the twelve months just passed

    From January to December

    These are some things we’ll likely remember

    The snow was high, the economy low

    The GOP dealt the Dems quite a blow

    Longtimers Spector and Perzel defeated

    One termers Sestak and Lentz unseated

    In a Fitzpatrick rematch, Pat Murphy fell

    But before leaving killed “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”

    We laughed at O’Donnell’s “I’m not a witch” motto

    And thanks to campaign ads can spell Onorato

    Rotwitt was caught on both sides of a deal

    “But I knew nothing” claims Justice Castille

    Tartaglione’s ethics called into doubt

    (Don’t tell Mom Marge, ’cause she’ll punch you out)

    DRPA kids scored free-z-passes

    But no such relief for the toll paying masses

    Come ons and parties and pay to play

    Standard procedure at PHA!

    Lawsuits and settlements until now unknown

    (Couldn’t Greene just once get a date on his own?)

    The Spectrum came down, we’ll see it no more

    SugarHouse finally opened its doors

    Spurned by Wynn, its license gone too

    Here’s one sure bet: Foxwoods will sue

    The boy scouts will keep their digs for a pittance

    But if you’re gay don’t bother seeking admittance

    Michael Vick, his talent refound

    Now wants a new dog to throw around

    The Phils’ summer sizzle didn’t last through the fall

    But Doc’s perfect pitching still left us in awe

    Now Cliff Lee’s signing has us celebrating

    All thanks to a Yankees fan’s expectorating

    On the Delaware, tragedy struck

    When two tourists died while riding the ducks

    Pendergrass, Brookshier and Wee Will’s dying

    Reminds us how quickly the time is flying

    The year marks the end of the reign of Rendell

    Though he thinks we’re wusses, we bid him farewell

    Now it’s 2011 and as we start again

    I wish a happy new year to all of my friends

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