A modified 14th century depiction of hell.‘Leveled Outcomes’ by Charlie Bauer The Society September 12, 2019 Culture, Deconstructing Communism, Poetry 21 Comments Philosophers of Marxist ilk designed For leveled outcomes, then they slew en masse. It pleased the Nazi socialists to grind Up twenty million lives—hence, Zyklon gas. The Russian cognoscenti chose to build A communistic state; death charmed again. The truth (not Pravda) is that Stalin killed Nine million lives: young children, women, men. In China, Mao took hold and planned his Great Leap Forward; peasant hope became despair As forty million workers met their fate. Dead students’ shades still haunt the Beijing Square. In Stalin’s words: “One death is tragedy, One million’s a statistic”—none would see. Charlie Bauer resides in Chapel Hill, NC and is a salesman for a commercial carpet manufacturer. Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related 21 Responses Joseph S. Salemi September 12, 2019 Wow! What a great sonnet! The rhyme of “en masse” and “gas” is truly inspired. Reply Charlie Bauer September 12, 2019 Thank you sir! Your comments are very appreciated. Now I just need to fix the rhyme scheme in the third stanza… Dad gum it and a few other choice words! Reply Mark F. Stone September 12, 2019 Charlie, Here’s one option for the third stanza: In China, Mao took hold and planned his cherished Great Leap Forward; hope became despair As forty million Chinese workers perished. Dead students’ shades still haunt the Beijing Square. Mark Amy Foreman September 12, 2019 Powerful, Charles. Reply Charlie Bauer September 12, 2019 Thanks Amy! Reply Julian D. Woodruff September 12, 2019 A fitting lament and warning. All of these outrages! I don’t see why, though, the 40 million Chinese deaths are made to stand out via breakage of the rhyme scheme, even admitting the greater enormity. (“Death … fate.” might be considered.) Reply Charlie Bauer September 12, 2019 Hi Mr. Woodruff, Thank you for your comments. Regarding the rhyme scheme I can only say: “Dirty word! You’re right.” It will be fixed. Reply Sally Cook September 12, 2019 Dear Charlie – Just yesterday I read a fine poem by someone far from academia. And now, yours. Please, keep writing and publishing on this site. You are a poet. Reply Charlie Bauer September 12, 2019 Dear Sally, I am very grateful for the kind comments you have posted on a few of my poems. Would you mind sharing your email through Mr. Mantyk? I was hoping to ask you for a little advice. Wishing you the very best, Charlie Reply Sally Cook September 14, 2019 I have requested that Mr. Mantyk do this when a free moment presents itself to him. . Charlie Bauer September 15, 2019 Thank you Sally! I look forward to conversing with you. Peter Venable September 12, 2019 Well crafted. Reply Charlie Bauer September 12, 2019 Thank you Peter! Reply C.B. Anderson September 13, 2019 History is a hellhole of atrocity, and we can’t be reminded of that fact too often. Let’s hope that a few (or many) sane voices will stem that tide. I’m not optimistic, but I find it necessary to express that sentiment nonetheless. Reply Charlie Bauer September 15, 2019 Hi C.B.! Hope you are well. You’re right, history can be pretty depressing and I definitely agree with your comment about the necessity of being reminded. Reply Susan Jarvis Bryant September 15, 2019 The spot-on title showcases this grave poetic warning perfectly and at no stage does the form detract from the chilling message. A privilege to read. Reply Charlie Bauer September 15, 2019 Thank you Ms. Bryant! Reply David Watt September 16, 2019 Charlie, you have presented a distasteful truth forcefully, and with style. Reply Charlie Bauer September 20, 2019 Thank you very much David! Reply The Society September 19, 2019 A great poem, Charlie! Thank you for sharing it. You have laid bare the inhumanity of communism and socialism with style and wit. Bravo! Reply Charlie Bauer September 20, 2019 Thank you very much! It is always a delight to be published by the Society and I continue to be impressed by the forum it provides for affirming the value of classical poetry. Bravo back to you and your team! 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. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.