Saturday, August 30, 2008

A Brief Introduction...

... to David Burge's latest masterpiece:

The Idiossey

The Not-Really-That-Epic Poem of Obamacles

(with Apologies to Homer)

Book the First: A question for the Muse

Speak to me, O Muse, of this resourceful man
who strides so boldly upon the golden shrine at Invescos,
Between Ionic plywood columns, to the kleig light altar.
Fair Obamacles, favored of the gods, ascends to Olympus
Amidst lusty tributes and the strumming lyres of Media;
Their mounted skyboxes echo with the singing of his name
While Olbermos and Mattheus in their greasy togas wrassle
For first honor of basking in their hero's reflected glory.
Who is this man, so bronzed in countenance,
So skilled of TelePropter, clean and articulate
whose ears like a stately urn's protrude?
So now, daughter of Zeus, tell us his story.
And just the Cliff Notes if you don't mind,
We don't have all day.

Said the Muse:

I will tell the story of Obamacles through my scribe Iowahawk.
But this shit is copyrighted, so reproduce at your peril.

Fair Use, David... Fair Use.


  1. OMG! Let me be the first to say that that epic poem is hysterical!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

  2. No kidding, Sharon... there are more "quotable quotes" in Burge's epic poem than I've seen ANYWHERE this election season!

  3. I read the whole eight books. I'm speechless. I'm gonna have to read it again. And again.

  4. I read it several times myself, Bec. This piece is the BEST thing Burge has done in a while, and that's saying a LOT. The man is gifted.

    A funny thing: the right has Burge, Lileks, and Ott... just to name three. And the Left has... who? Now there might be a Leftie satire site out there... somewhere. I'm just not aware of it. Wait. I forgot. Jon Stewart. Nevermind.

    On another subject. I was pretty disappointed that you and Sharon were the only folks that followed the link and read this. But I know Site Meter sometimes lies... or fails to tell the whole truth, by omission. Still and even, all indications are it was just you two. Pity, that.

  5. Well, maybe folks are busy this Labor Day weekend. And now it's like, "Obama? Obama who?"

    I actually like this one better than the one on Obama the Messiah. It's not everyone who can write entertaining satire based on Greek lit!

  6. Well, maybe folks are busy this Labor Day weekend. And now it's like, "Obama? Obama who?"

    I was thinking in terms of folks who visited us yesterday but failed to chase the link. But... you're right. People just might drop in for a quick read and then go on to other things.

  7. Forgot: your point on satire based on Greek Lit... was the primary reason I found the piece to be SO good and entertaining. Burge has the idiom DOWN!


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