Communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin‘The Exclusive Inclusive’ and Other Poetry by Ron L. Hodges The Society January 3, 2018 Deconstructing Communism, Humor, Poetry, Short Stories 4 Comments The Exclusive Inclusive I heard about a tender troop, Whose commission was to give Love like a ministry serves soup; They seemed, oh, so inclusive. This sounded like the group for me; Yes, I wished to be aligned. To join, they said, would cost a fee, A small price I wouldn’t mind. They handed me a list of views I was not allowed to hold; Conformity would pay my dues, Keep me right among the fold. But when I asked these lovers why Such opinions weren’t allowed, They said such evil thoughts should die, Smothered by a rainbow shroud, And those who held such views were base, Lower than a spawn of hell; And, out of love, they would erase Even traces of their smell. I must admit, I was surprised To hear words so fraught with hate; If tolerance was what they prized, Why such conformity mandate? But when I pointed out this flaw, If love was the true motive, Their answer startled like a claw: “Inclusive means exclusive.” And at utterance of the word “Inclusive,” the dogs came out As if a whistle-sound was heard, Barking from, it seemed, one snout. They joined the tender troop in song, Its sharp harmonies a shiv; I knew then I did not belong: Their malice was inclusive. For All Its Flaws “For all its flaws, the Communist revolution taught Chinese women to dream big.” —New York Times “For all its flaws, communism has tried To crush inequity beneath each stride. Oh, the waking man is dead without dreams— Should the mere fact there were nightmarish screams Compel us to cast the vision aside?” “For each time communism was applied, True Marxist principles would always slide; What facts condemn, aspiration redeems, For all its flaws.” Sadly, regardless of how many died, The faithful indict each tyrannous guide, Not his convictions, for ruthless extremes. The facts won’t change what a zealot esteems; Thus, belief in fantasy can abide, For all its flaws. Ron L. Hodges is an English teacher and poet who lives in Orange County, California. His works have appeared in The Road Not Taken, Ancient Paths, Calvary Cross, and The Society of Classical Poets Journal 2015, 2016, and 2017. He won the Society’s prestigious Annual Poetry Competition in 2016. NOTE: 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. 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) 4 Responses Amy Foreman January 3, 2018 Enjoyed reading these, Ron. Thanks! Reply Ron January 4, 2018 Thanks for reading them! Reply Joe Tessitore January 3, 2018 I enjoyed them as well. I think we see the world in the same way. Reply Ron January 4, 2018 I’m glad you liked them! 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. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.