Another Political Bestiary, Ep. XVIII

Swamper (2019). Acrylic on paper. Artwork and text copyright Danny Grosso.

Continuing the expeditions of Jeff MacNelly, James Kilpatrick, and Eugene McCarthy, with apologies.

The Swamp Creature

Immersed in its chosen milieu, the Swamp Creature is completely at one with its surroundings. Dripping with slung mud, bedazzled with the trinkets of emolument, the SC is beset by fleas from the dogs with whom it sleeps, and the taint of the corrupt partisans with whom it works. It is extremely nearsighted and nearly devoid of any sense of touch. It stumbles around its small habitat clinging to other members of its pack. Still, in its own way, the SC a very efficient species, enjoying a profitable existence guided by the limited but focused principles of self interest. More pest then good neighbor, the SC is difficult to eradicate once it has settled into its habitat. The advantages of incumbency have allowed this once migratory creature to approximate permanent residence in fruitful environments. Eradication seems unlikely. The only known pesticide, Term Limits, unpopular and thought to be dangerous by some, is not yet in widespread use.


-Danny Grosso 

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