This was written and posted several years ago just before the G.O.P. National Convention here in Tampa Florida.  It didn’t go over too well with the locals!

Photograph Downtown Tampa Skyline by Joe Martin on 500px

The unsightly were removed from view
lest you be offended
We’ve moved the homeless out of town
lest you be reminded

We’ve scrubbed the airport nice and clean
panhandling is illegal
they’ll be no beggars in our streets
lest you find them disconcerting

Lots of cops and cameras
to ensure you get your rest
no hippies will cause any trouble
you won’t hear their wails of protest

The strip clubs will be open late
lots of talent here
a private booth for a private lap dance
you wouldn’t want to be conspicuous

Rent boys too if that’s your thing
young man’s got to make a living
just swallow your hypocrisy
to let it show would be distasteful

Plenty of tear gas at the ready
in case of any trouble
We welcome you to our fair city
nothing seen will be objectionable.



 Downtown Tampa Skyline by Joe Martin on

About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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6 Responses to Convention

  1. …and then there’s the World Cup! Well said.


    • toritto says:

      Hi John! – well yes. Must clean the place up!! I’m watching right now and since my late mother-in-law was from Buenos Aires I don’t have a choice who to cheer for…..Vamos Argentina!! Regards.


  2. Reminiscent of Disneyland and Singapore. In Singapore they put you in jail for littering.


  3. toritto says:

    Hi Doc – Singapore is one of those places where no one thinks about anything but making money, money and more money. Come to think of it, so is Disneyworld! regards.


  4. sallyfarrar says:

    Why did you send this vile post to me?


    • toritto says:

      Sally – I didn’t send anything to you. I don’t know you, never read anything by you on a blog and have no idea how to contact you. The first time I ever heard of you was day before yesterday when you commented on my post Tales of a Polish Woman.

      I didn’t send you anything and there is no reason that I would .

      When you visited my blog did you accidently “follow” me? If so, please feel free to “unfollow” me.



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