Photo of Antifa protesters‘Hero for Hire’ and Other Poetry by Joe Tessitore The Society September 6, 2017 Culture, Humor, Poetry 3 Comments Hero for Hire About myself I feel so good I grabbed my club, I donned my hood I found a hater to beat Then on the other side of town I knocked another statue down it crumbled at my feet I am a hero in the eyes of those who print and broadcast lies my partners in deceit If you believe this is a joke I’ve knocked you down without a stroke my day is now complete Hypocrisy? What is it that Columbus did? I am not really sure His statues tumble to the ground we’re told to make us pure ‘Twas FDR that led us through the Second World War and his speech about Four Freedoms will live on forevermore But Japanese Americans would feel his racist hand These freedoms he denied to them and yet his statues stand And on an anti-lynching bill he would not sign his name The question we must ask ourselves Can there be greater shame? How is it then that monuments to him remain in place? Was he not in the worst of ways a national disgrace? What is it that Columbus did? I am not really sure History Great nations come, great nations go the question is how will we know when ours has run its course? “Impossible” I hear you say I’m sure the Romans felt that way ‘fore theirs succumbed to force History is an open book at which the many will not look and she has no remorse A Cold Hard Wedge A cold hard wedge Divides the land Against itself And it will not stand When will it fall? No one can say Nor at what cost Nor who will pay And on that day The world will know That from within Did come the blow And who will mourn The once-great land That struck itself And did not stand? Joe Tessitore is a retired New York City resident and poet. NOTE TO READERS: If you enjoyed this poem or other content, please consider making a donation to the Society of Classical Poets. NOTE TO POETS: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to email@example.com. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. CODEC News:Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 3 Responses Sally Cook September 6, 2017 To Joe Tessitore: Many congratulations on your excellent poetry. I hope to see more! Reply Joe Tessitore September 6, 2017 Dear Sally, Thank you. I owe a great deal to you, especially the re-write of “Hypocrisy”, which was an off-the-rails piece of junk before you had the courage to confront me about it. Joe Reply Tony danna September 6, 2017 Joe, I liked the meter and the topics were timely. Thank you for sharing Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.