President Lincoln, Taylor, and Taft posters (R-L)A Cento from the Political Poetry of Presidents Lincoln, Taylor, and Taft by Beverly Stock The Society October 3, 2019 Culture, Poetry 2 Comments Political Voice (A Cento) A cento or collage poem takes bits of poetry from past poets and puts them together in a new order. The below poem draws on the poems written for the political campaigns of U.S. Presidents Lincoln, Taylor, and Taft. We’ll sing a song to suit the times, With voices bold and steady, And cheerily we’ll tell in rhymes Of good old rough and ready. Thank God that we are free men, And can vote for whom we will. We spread our starry banner Freely forth from dome to hill. Success to the old-fashioned doctrine, That men are created all free. And down with the power of the despot, Wherever his stronghold may be. We’ll finish the temple of freedom, And make it capacious within. That all who seek shelter may find it, whatever the hue of their skin. And then we’ll shout in chorus strong, With voices firm and steady, And this the burden of our song, Old gallant Rough and Ready. Beverly Stock is a poet living in St. Louis, Missouri. Look for more of her work on her upcoming website: www.BeverlyStockPoetry.com 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)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) 2 Responses Joe Tessitore October 3, 2019 Your excellent poem reads differently for me today than it would have a week ago. What is the song to suit our times, when we are poised on the brink of collapse and uncertainty? Can we spread our starry banner freely, when even Betsy Ross must be defended from the vicious and the seditious? Well done, nonetheless, and may God bless us and see us through these troubling times. Reply Beverly October 3, 2019 Thank you, Joe. 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.