‘SOS’ by Joe Tessitore The Society February 23, 2018 Deconstructing Communism, News of Note, Poetry 5 Comments gone the time for finding fault for finger-pointing and assault frantic now the SOS our ship of state is in distress taking water, sinking fast this call for help may be its’ last mastered by a crew of fools as kids are slaughtered in our schools shamelessly the talking heads politicize our precious dead stopping not to catch a breath vultures in the face of death the FBI in disarray sickening the things they say: “protocols that were ignored” lives that cannot be restored taking water, sinking fast this call for help may be our last Joe Tessitore is a retired New York City resident and poet. Related Post 10 Favorite Shakespeare Sonnets By James A. Tweedie Call me a snob but I am generally attracted to what is commonly referred to as “great art” or the “masterpieces.” Over the years ... Tell the world:FacebookTwitterTumblrPinterestRedditLinkedInEmail 5 Responses Amy Foreman February 23, 2018 Powerful, Mr. Tessitore. Unbelievably sad, the line: “lives that cannot be restored.” I love your metaphor here, Joe, and the catalectic trochaic tetrameter you chose for this poem makes it somewhat hymn-like–reminding me of the great hymn of the same meter, “Jesus, Lover of My Soul,” which also speaks the same sea/ship metaphor, and which is a cry for help in its own right: Jesus, lover of my soul, Let me to Thy bosom fly, While the nearer waters roll, While the tempest still is high: Hide me, O my Savior, hide, Till the storm of life is past; Safe into the haven guide; O receive my soul at last. Reply Joe Tessitore February 23, 2018 Very beautiful comment – thank you so much! Reply Dave Whippman February 27, 2018 Interesting blend of classical-type rhyme and metre with bang-up-to-date subject matter. Reply David Paul Behrens February 28, 2018 Could not agree more. Nice poem. Reply Wendy Bourke March 21, 2018 This is very impactful and – though I am an observer from another land – strikes me as very wise and brave. It is well constructed, powerfully rendered and, to my mind: an important piece. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.