The Misfortune Teller ("Free Bradley Manning")

"The Ship of State leaks from the top" -- U.S. President John F. Kennedy

"Kill the chicken, scare the monkey" -- Ancient Chinese proverb

Free Bradley Manning (in forty-four syllables)

Petulant President
Barack Obama who
Hates him some leakers (just
Not from the top),
Makes an example of
Low-level privates so
Cabinet ministers
Don't have to stop.

Michael Murry, "The Misfortune Teller," Copyright © 2012