In addition to writing the book, he also illustrated the cover. “I’m sort of a reckless rhymester,” he said about his work as a poet. While the book will come out in October, he shared that he had just finished writing the poems the day before. “The poems kind of chronicle the last crazy two years,” he explained. “They’re comic, doggerel, satirical poems.”
After host Stephen Colbert asked if he would be willing to share some of his poetry, Lithgow pulled a piece of paper out of his suit. “I tried, for about the past eight months, to respond in real time as much as I could to what was going on,” he said before reading the first two stanzas from the last poem in the book, which were inspired from the past 10 days.
“Dumpty, by the way, is my name for our president,” he prefaced the reading, which recounted Trump’s reaction to Robert Mueller’s report. “The report was at hand and Dumpty was manic / Awash in a flood of distemper and panic / He braced for Bob Mueller, his ruthless Javert / His heart skipped a beat when from distant D.C. / Came a call from Bill Barr, his conniving A.G.”
He continued: “Dumpty lurched from his bed with a ponderous groan / And with trembling fingers he picked up the phone / ‘Good news,’ Barr exclaimed / ‘We’re home free. It’s a wash’ / ‘The report’s a big nothing. It’s easy to quash.”