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The Porcupine's Quill:  A Satire Column
by Arshad M. Khan
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Porcupine's Quill
February 12, 2017


News Item:  John Bercow the Speaker of the British House of Commons blackballs
Trump's bid to address Parliament.

I can anticipate your question ... no, we don't have bulls, only cows and beercows.

Well, what are beercows?

We are descendants of that great Beercow of the Sky who once jumped the moon ..
almost ..


Yes, almost ... it was a sharp crescent moon.  The moon turned red and he turned
from bull to beercow.

A tragic and ... painful experience no doubt, but may I ask the obvious question?

What is that?

Given the accident, how can you now have cows and beercows at all?

Simple.  It's a miracle.  We are profoundly grateful to the ways of nature every time it
happens.  Unfortunately, it's not often enough.

But why are you opposing the possibility of President Trump addressing Parliament?

That too is simple.  As an overwhelming minority myself, I oppose all forms of bigotry
directed at minorities, and Mr. Trump is the only American president in living memory
who has sprinkled it liberally across the ethnic, religious spectrum.

I  see what you are saying, and there are reports of the rise in vandalism against
mosques and synagogues.

We don't want a man like that in our Parliament ... enough said.

Sir, let me wish you and yours plenty of little miracles in the future .

Thank you!  Thank you very much.  I enjoyed our conversation.