When Joseph and Mary got to the inn
God forgot to make reservations
and there was no room except in the manger.
That's what happens without Planned Parenthood.
There was also no room in Joe Manchin's mansion
to consider children, students, melting glaciers
or overpriced prescriptions.
That other Joe in the White House thought
Manchin’s doors were open but the Maserati
took up the space and the yacht was no Ark.
Seventy-five years ago, Jo Stafford addressed G.I. Joe
as she sang You Belong To Me.
After the good war was over Joe McCarthy
in his drunken stupor thought he saw Joe Stalin
in every movie studio, every barber shop,
and the bottom of every bottle he drank.
Senator Joe was born with Joseph Conrad's
Heart of Darkness.
Joe DiMaggio and Joe Louis would have been next.
It took Joseph Welch to ask if he had even an ounce of decency.
How many cups of Joe will it take
to wake America to the needs of the average Joe?
Joseph Campbell found heroes with a thousand faces
as he breathed new life into the archetypes.
Maybe the greatest Joe of them all was Joe Green.
Not Mean Joe Green, the football player
whom I wouldn't want my sister to marry if I had one
but Guiseppe Verdi, aka Joe Green,
composer of twenty-eight operas
including Aida to whose theme we dutifully marched
entering the auditorium at P.S. 99
with Joseph Koplowitz in front of me
and Josephine Sherashevsky behind.