Local author and citizen extraordinaire, Jack Petree, has written a poem to share with the community…
The Woebegone In Whatcom Council Shuffle
Read To The Cadence Of The Whose Line Is It Anyway Hoedown
by Jack Petree
Hi, my name is Barbara, I represent District five,
Although I don’t really live there, it’s not too much of a drive;
Satpal represents my district, he’s a real pal,
And I’m still on the council, I’m the only gal.
You know me, I’m Satpal, I represent the fourth,
I vote for Barb and Carl, they live a way up in the north,
I actually live in the third, but to me that’s not absurd.
When I want representation I just call on Tyler Byrd.
Hello everyone I’m Barry, I served in District One,
Gerrymandered into District Two, we still had lots of fun;
I just ran to serve At-large, to avoid all confusion,
And all the votes from Bellingham, proofed me from exclusion.
When Bellingham elected me, they’d have thought it pretty odd,
That I’d step down after two short years but, hey, my name is Todd;
I paid my dues and chose my side in the battle of the classes,
And I made sure that we’d stay pure, without the girl in glasses.
Howdy there, my name is Rud and I too served At-large,
But I ran for District One instead, to assure we stayed in charge;
Sure, I live in Edgemoor, but I’m really just like you,
But how you live on our low wages, I haven’t got a clue.
Ran for Tribal Council but my people voted me out,
I applied for County Council, didn’t sit around and pout;
I accept your affirmation, and political preservation,
I Tim will serve, all the people, without reservation.
They asked the people for a vote but never did explain,
Exactly what that really meant, these verses make it plain,
If you don’t like what’s happened, they called it “Fair and Equal,”
You’re really going to dislike, all they plan as sequel.