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It was July of ’69,
another coastal Massachusetts night

and if my wife is out of town
I guess it never ever even happened, right?

said Teddy to himself and hey
this pretty girl she needs a ride.

But the cah went in the watah.
What a pity he got out- she stayed inside.

She could'nt hold her breath for hours-
ain't that a bitch?

The night that Senator Ted Kennedy
drove off Chappaquidick bridge.

Now it's three AM in Washington
and swerving his constituents comes Pat.

He said despite all barriers
a senator must vote and that is that.

I guess there must be obstacles against which
even the rich cannot win

like the one Pat slammed his car into
after washing down some Percocets with gin.

Seems like nothin’ ever comes down too bad
Up on Georgetown ridge

even when Mary Jo Kopechne drowned
just off Chappaquidick bridge.


"A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesman and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do."

- Ralph 'Where's Waldo' Emerson

"I don't know half of you half as well as I should like. And I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve."
- Bilbo Baggins

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The following comments are for "Ode to Mary Jo"
by drsoos

Mary Jo
You know what they say (who they are ...I don't know) Money talks and B.S. walks...or in this case drowns. There were so many rumors about that night...will we ever know the truth....No one deserves to die like that..did Mary Jo just need a ride home or had she been seeing a married man on the sly...and get in over her head to speak...Teddy hasn't been looking good for a long time ...maybe he relives that night over and over ( I hope so) ...trying to drown his shame in a bottle...when you do something terrible must live with it for the rest of your bad deed goes unpunished...I enjoyed the read...Kacee

( Posted by: nitz kitty [Member] On: May 9, 2006 )

Ted and Pat answers
Thanks, Kacee.

"get in over her head"- priceless!

I guess that's one more burden the rich must bear- punishing themselves.

( Posted by: drsoos [Member] On: May 10, 2006 )

I'm sure you've heard the old saying can't buy happiness...but I'd like to give it a try...Kacee

( Posted by: Nitz Kitty [Member] On: May 11, 2006 )

Shameless self-promotion
...well, not completely shameless. I am somewhat abashed regarding this desparate plea for attention, but I believe that many members who would truly enjoy this have somehow overlooked it- or maybe lacking anything nice to say, you chose to say nothing.

Anyway, it's about to slide off the front page into oblivion, so here's my little monkey dance.

Please scroll up and enjoy.

Thank you and pardon me.


( Posted by: drsoos [Member] On: May 13, 2006 )

Soos in the Real World
Wow, Soos, now you're dipping your wee toes into real-life tragedies, too. Excellent.

Loved the "swerving" pun best!

( Posted by: viper9 [Member] On: May 13, 2006 )

Monkey Dance
Monkey dance? I'll dance with you! Sounds like fun! If only Bill could dance (sigh) but he can't;-(

( Posted by: Legs [Member] On: May 13, 2006 )

Driven to drink

Thanks, Viper. I realized a long time ago there was a song parody within this tragedy with a bridge as long as its name and a "Jo".

I'm sure you have your own politicos who drive after too much Molson or Canadian Ace but I guess that's just not big news down here in the "lower 50".

Q- How many Americans can even name your current Prime Minister? (Googling is not fair).

A- None. He was named shortly after his birth. (The last one who comes to mind was Trudeau.)

( Posted by: drsoos [Member] On: May 15, 2006 )

Kennedy School of Defense of Driving

Facts: Teddy got out of the cah and swam from the scene. When he finally reported the accident much later (I believe it was eight hours or so later, enough time to sober up), he claimed to believe that Mary Jo had escaped and swam the other way. When the cah was recovered, Mary Jo's body was still within.

re senator's son senator Pat: Police on the scene are quoted as stating that Pat Kennedy was disoriented and reeked of alcohol. Pat claimed he was late for a senate vote at 3:00 AM following his slamming his car into an apparently effective security barrier. (Thank you, Homeland Security!) At the behest of commanding officers, Senator Pat Kennedy was given a ride home without his blood alcohol content being tested. He later claimed to be disoriented by a combination of Ambien and unnamed painkillers. He was obviously feeling no pain. The "percocets with gin" is mere speculation and poetic license on my part.

Thanks for asking. Thanks for reading. And thank you for commenting.

( Posted by: drsoos [Member] On: May 16, 2006 )

zolpidem side effects
It is good doctor.

From one Doc to another I give you an A+

(zolpidem (Ambien) may be the main culprit)

( Posted by: MountainBill [Member] On: May 16, 2006 )

I'm a sleepwalker...
...but the cops never bought that excuse when I tried it.

( Posted by: drsoos [Member] On: May 17, 2006 )

McKennedy revisited
Liberal though I am, I remember that Teddy has taken liberties with libation for a long time ...

I think your Mary Jo, Talahachee bridge lyrical is luscious and laughable. (I'm feeling fairly alliterative this evening-) Leave it to you, good Dr. to come up with something so superlative!
Poor Pat! Not only does family find finickity foibles that follow forever, but man, those Jersey barriers are a bitch!
Guess there is grace in the fact that this recent faux pas didn't claim anything livelier than dignity.
I would venture to guess that there is no "Bobby Joe" in a good ole Yankee clan tree phone list-

Now let's get back to Bush bashing-

( Posted by: emaks [Member] On: May 17, 2006 )

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