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De Swimp Anthology
Swimp Mon! Swimp Mon! Swimp fo’ Sale!

De Swimp Mon ‘e ben round since e’ber,
Dis fo da reason ‘e be so clever.
Fo’ all de ‘lections, ‘e ben de boss,
‘N make ‘e cronies de stalkin’ hoss.

By sneek ‘n guile ‘e stop all ‘udders,
‘N bash ‘e ‘ponents wid lies ‘n mudders.
De Paper print ‘e bosts ‘n claims,
But nuttin’good ‘bout ‘udder names.

‘E ‘lection fund be keep on swellin’,
Fo’ evry ‘ contract e’ ben sellin’.
But mos folk tink ‘e be jus brasin’,
From’ far ‘n wide de cash ‘e raisin’.

‘E big bucks cum from de real-estate,
‘N be payment fo’ all de deal ‘e make.
Swimp Mon be bold ‘n cash dey check,
‘N make all ‘udders jes hunt ‘n peck.

‘E needin’ de Council ta make de sound,
Like ‘e ain’t buy um by de pound.
So Swimp Mon gittin’ ‘e oddest crony,
Ta seek de candidates ta be da phony.

Shrimp Mon fo’get de lives e’ loosin’,
Be from all de sorry help e’ choosin.
‘E take no blame, but make ‘e glory,
‘N bribe de Paper ta print e’ story.

Fo’ each four years e’ fight de crime,
Jes few months fo’ election time.
‘E kiss de’ chill’en ‘n eat de hog,
Fo’ want agin’ ta be top dog.

Dis be de reason no decent pus’in
Want all dat lyin’ ‘n da cus’in.
Fo’ nine terms now, da be no folk,
Ta’ peal de Swimp Mon’s scrawny cloak.

Now ‘e git ‘e Sullivan Island cronies,
Ta split ‘e lot ‘n show dey phoneys.
Dis be de proof dat ‘e pointy hand,
Reach far beyond ‘e “World Class” land.

Tis clear ta mos’ de tricks ‘e usin’,
To twist de arm of ‘e own choosin’.
So Swimp Mon ‘e jes keep on runnin’,
Cause, like de snake, ‘e jes as cunnin’.

De chosen gang what fill ‘e kitty
Need Swimp Mon fo’ ta run de City.
Will be dis’ way fo’ lot mo’ years,
If folks don’t rise above dey fears.

Lee Walton

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