A Poetic Ode to 2013

Another year down, another to come. Here’s hoping the new one is a damn sight better than the last. Here’s a lyrical recollection of some of the top headlines of the year:


Boston bombing. Source: Associated Press/The Boston Globe/John Tlumacki


A yearly Boston marathon, no normal day was it. A day for pride and fitness, became violence two did commit. Three runners dead, three hundred injured, a city shaken at it’s core. But not for long, we’re Boston strong, mighty from shore to shore.




Pope Francis greet Cardinals. Source: Reuters


This year we got a new Pope; Benedict, too sick, resigned. The Vatican elected Francis, the Vicar of Christ for all mankind. He brought a different message, let’s hope it takes firm hold. Don’t focus on divisiveness; instead, the poor out in the cold.




As Summer came, Big Brother was, again, in the news. This time for snooping on our calls, Snowden leaked and lit the fuse. A fuse of federal overreach, and citizen privacy concerns. “Don’t touch my junk,” you fascist punk, when will they ever learn?


HHS Secretary Sebelius. Source: J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press


As October 1 arrived, a new exchange website went live. Getting coverage ought be simple; instead, it simply failed to thrive. Premiums soared, the populous was floored, what a massive headache. Obama lied, our health plans died, “what difference does it make”?




Park officials close MLK Memorial. Source: Getty Images


It’s still October, a busy month for D.C. A website stinks, credibility shrinks, and a federal shutdown of small degree. National parks were closed, sixteen days of uncertainty. “This shutdown is unproductive,” all the lawmakers did agree. As for me, there weren’t new laws, of that we can all take glee.



UN experts at scene of possible chem. attack in Syria. Source: AP


Six Western states and Iran, a nuke deal they did make. We’ll ease economic sanctions, so quit making yellow cake. Try it for a six month term, then try to go for more. “Tehran is bound to pull your chain,” Netanhayu does implore.




Phil Robertson


Phil Robertson did opine, he of “Duck Dynasty” fame. He spoke of several sins, and a lot of people thought it lame. First he was suspended, then suspension was averted. People really enjoy his show, A&E in public asserted.



For now my rhymes are run, I have nothing left to say. ’13 is gone, on to ’14, come whatever may!

Happy New Year!


About Michael Haugen

Michael Haugen is a full-spectrum conservative and recent graduate from Eastern Washington University (BS Biology). His main interests in politics and public policy center around health care, education and tax reform. He'll be returning to EWU in 2014 to complete a Master's degree in Public Administration. Follow him on Twitter: @HaugenTRA

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