I admit I’m quite often fascinated by the fact that poets from long ago did, so often, manage to describe what we see and pretend to ‘know’ today. Here’s a prime example: Emily Dickinson wrote, in the 1860’s, a 33 word description of America’s 2016 President-elect, Donald J. Trump. She didn’t use his name, of course, so I’ve added a recent ‘stock’ photo for demonstration purposes. Uncanny.
A face devoid of love or grace,
A hateful, hard, successful face,
A face with which a stone
Would feel as thoroughly at ease
As were they old acquaintances —
First time together thrown.
▲President-elect Donald J. Trump: “A face devoid of love or grace . . .”▲