Thursday, September 14, 2017

Do You Know Me? by Michael Ceraolo

Do You Know Me?

A century later that question was the tagline
for a credit-card company's commercial
touting the advantages of their card
to stamp one with the mark of distinction

I did not have such a card,
but I was the unanimous choice
of the seventeen Union state governors
to speak that day at Gettysburg
 Newspaper coverage of the ceremony
talked more of my speech than the other one
I spoke for two hours, as was the custom
for political oratory at the time

Yet I did less in speaking for two hours
that he did in speaking for two minutes,
and demonstrated at least one instance
where two hundred seventy-two is greater than thirteen thousand

You can judge history's verdict for yourself:
my speech is widely available online
Do you know me?
My name is Edward Everett


Bio:  "Michael Ceraolo is a retired firefighter/paramedic and active poet who has had one full-length book (Euclid Creek, from Deep Cleveland Press) and a few chapbooks published (among the chapbooks is Cleveland Haiku, from Green Panda Press). He has a second full-length book, Euclid Creek Book Two, forthcoming from unbound content press, and is continually working on new and existing poetry projects."

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