Prediction

Prediction

If N beats K
Or K beats N
The electorate is bound to win
The blessings of a four-year grin,

A tusky joy—from film and page
Teeth meet the issues of the age.

Hail, autumn sun, by whose bleaching grows
Still whiter the reassuring rows

Till harvest time (no relation
To the dragon’s dental semination)!

When N beats K—

Not grim Nikita-You-Know-Who,
Just Smiling Jack, or Bob, to you—

Or K beats N
Two faces smile in one again.

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Lima