President Donald Trump returns to the White House, March, 2018. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)A Sonnet on President Donald J. Trump, by Evan Mantyk The Society April 30, 2020 Beauty, Culture, Deconstructing Communism, Human Rights in China, Poetry 18 Comments Donald J. Trump They laugh at him and sneer as if his lack Of faith in modernism’s unholy gods Can justify each Philistine attack And drown out facts with which they are at odds. Yet from their barbs he fashions Aaron’s rods That gobble up the hatred others feel And plant in all the people’s front yard sods New growth of sense that what is right is real. And his achievements? He wears U.S. steel In shining armor plates that can’t be beat. His lance is teaching communists to heel, To give up hope they ever can compete. He is a knight defined by words he’s kept And justified contempt for Life’s inept. Poet’s Note: Aaron was an Israelite prophet whose rod, or rods, devoured the pharaoh’s rods and, in another instance, produced buds and blossoms. Evan Mantyk is President of the Society and teaches English literature and history in the Hudson Valley region of New York. 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) 18 Responses Leo Zoutewelle April 30, 2020 Mr. Mantyk, That was a GREAT poem! Thank you. Reply Joe Tessitore April 30, 2020 Bravo, Evan! Reply Sally Cook April 30, 2020 Donald Trump is a great president and you have given him his due. Reply Rod Walford April 30, 2020 Great sonnet in support of one President from another! I am continually sickened at the way Mr Trump is misrepresented by mainstream media who were made to look very foolish when he was elected and continue to make fools of themselves daily. I hope you guys will re-elect him when the time comes. Reply Marvin Manhattan April 30, 2020 Fan-freaking-tastic! 2…no, 3! thumbs up! Reply Mike Bryant April 30, 2020 This sonnet does connect with the hopes of most Americans, including me! I particularly like the last couplet which captures the essence of President Trump… he is bold, speaks his mind and I wish him well. I am so glad to be at a site that allows this freedom to express contrarian views. If I may be so bold, I might replace “modernism” in the second line with “democrats”. Reply Margaret Coats April 30, 2020 Well done and much needed! I especially like the mention of the hatred that is burgeoning out of control in certain areas of American public life. This target of the hatred is able to neutralize it and permit people to pass beyond it–over and over and over again–if only they will. A fine American addition to the history of the Spenserian sonnet, concluding with a Spenserian knight representing some of the nation’s virtues. Reply Gregory Spicer May 1, 2020 Here’s a little something to celebrate May Day! Large and in Charge “The people are not rough enough!” The crabby tough talkers say; “They need to love unpleasant stuff In the old fashioned dead people way!”. We must ever do as they tell And question not the things that they do For theirs is the knowledge of hell That’s NOT necessarily true… Because it turns out people are nice As long as they learn to ignore Untested baby boomer advice From a well funded reprobate whore, Whose barefaced status as a jerk Is from being too spoiled at work. Oh wait! I just realized that every day with Trump in charge is Mayday. LOL. Reply Joe Tessitore May 1, 2020 Do you have enough enthusiasm about Biden to write a poem about him? Reply Gregory Spicer May 1, 2020 Lack of enthusiasm about Old Delaware Joe makes more sense than any amount of enthusiasm FOR the Trumpanzee. In either case enthusiasm is no measure of integrity. Joseph S. Salemi May 1, 2020 Poor Spicer — he just can’t stay away. Things must be slow in Antifa country. Evan Mantyk May 1, 2020 Thank you all for reading and for your comments. This was inspired after I attended a poetry reading where anti-Trump poetry was read. It has become boring and, frankly, self-destructive for the poetry world to be so insanely biased. I offer the above sonnet in an attempt to bring some bit of balance and health to the po-biz, as I’ve heard Mr. Salemi call it. A special thanks to Margaret Coats, whose excellent, forthcoming essay on Spenserian sonnets inspired the above one. Reply Soledad May 27, 2020 Aaron was a priest Hebrews 7:11-12 Leviticus 7:35-36 Reply David Watt May 2, 2020 Trump receives such a bad rap that it’s refreshing to read a sonnet emphasizing his strength of character. Reply Euthymes August 11, 2020 Dear Evan, I want to ask you about the publication date of the sequel for the Dream of Red Chambers. Thank you, Reply Evan Mantyk August 11, 2020 Dear Euthymes, None is currently planned, unfortunately, as there was not much interest and time is very limited. I recommend this version: https://www.amazon.com/Mansions-Chinese-Classics-Classic-Volumes/dp/7119006436/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=dream+of+the+red+chamber&qid=1597149946&sr=8-3 There is a new Treasured Tales of China coming out. Reply Ted Hayes November 17, 2020 Evan, A sonnet in praise of Donald Trump? Outrageous! All he has done is poke a really big stick in Communist China’s eye, tell the UN General Assembly, to its face that America will never be a socialist country, build a wall on our border with Mexico, investigate the widespread cheating in national elections, and fundamentally drain the Swamp — which Joe Biden will refill, if he does manage to squirm into the White House. I have written The Donald Trump (Victory) Song — four simple verses and an original time, included on my recent CD album, “The American Patriot’s Song Album” with five others of mine. I am a member of SCP, or was until I was hit by a car six months ago and have lived in rehab away from all my files since then. Blessings on you and the USA. Reply Evan Mantyk November 17, 2020 Ted, great to hear from you! A miracle then that you are back. Heaven must be watching over you. Please post a link or other info to your song. 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.