For years, Evanstonian Cindi Schuneman has entertained her friends with parodies of popular songs and humorous postings on Facebook, including today’s “2017 in Rhyme.”
A former president of the Woman’s Club of Evanston, Schuneman was a co-founder of the annual “Haven Help Us” show at Haven Middle School, choreographer of the McGaw YMCA’s annual “Brillianteen” show for 32 years, and a volunteer at the annual benefit for the Evanston Community Foundation.
When asked by Evanston Now for permission to reprint her yearend poem, she agreed, with the caveat that readers should be warned that it “is definitely skewed to the more liberal perspective.”
Now that you’ve been warned, here is Cindi Schuneman’s “2017 in Rhyme”:
Trump took office, coined “covfefe” and “bigly”
Sucked all the joy from the triumph at Wrigley
Santa Ana winds spread California fires
Flynn and Manafort turned out to be liars
Fidget spinners – the hottest new fad
Actor George Clooney – the hottest new dad!
Atty. General Sessions just couldn’t recall
If any Trump staffer talked to Russia at all
People in Flint were in need of clean water
The climate and Ryan Gosling got hotter and hotter
Gays in Australia can legally marry
An actress from NU is engaged to Prince Harry
Mexico’s not going to pay for the wall
Roy Moore lost, is still banned from the mall!
GOP voted cuts for the rich and their taxes
We stared at the sun wearing just cardboard glasses.
Kim Jung Un and our Prez traded insults and threats.
Who’ll start the war? The world’s taking bets!
Jared’s complicit, Eric needs hugging,
Flynn is now talking, Mueller keeps plugging!
Hurricanes leave Puerto Rico without power
Trump lobs Scot towels from his Ivory Tower
Inauguration crowds for 45 are inflated
Every Kardashian’s been impregnated!
Women marched, “me too” was chanted
Bitcoin – the currency no one understanded
Gorsuch took a seat, Kapernick took a knee
Hillary wrote “What Happened”, O.J. was set free
Confederate statues dismantled and toppled
Nazis march in Charlottesville debacle.
United passenger dragged off a plane
Trump’s late night tweeting drove us insane.
The opioid crisis, the fight against ISIS,
Gone is civility, class, even niceness!
Shootings took a heavy toll
Yet still no gains in gun control!
Men in power showed bad behavior
Women came forward and became the savior.
Franken steps down, net neutrality gone,
Dreamers in jeopardy, Sarah Huckabee a pawn!
2017 was bleak as this poem affirms,
Make next year better – vote in mid-terms!