Georges Danton addressing the convention, artist unknownA Poem for George Floyd Protestors, by Rob Crisell The Society June 11, 2020 Culture, Deconstructing Communism, Humor, Poetry 3 Comments Georges Danton’s Ghost Counsels the Protestors “Yes, America is burning. But that’s how forests grow.” –Maura Healey, Massachusetts Attorney General (June 2, 2020) Georges Danton’s ghost arose from hell And visited the U.S.A. He found a group of protestors And called to them: “One word, I pray— “America is burning now, But that’s how forests grow,” he said. “Before I’d calm your righteous wrath, I’d sooner see your nation dead.” “They called my cause ‘the rights of man;’ Your cause is race equality. But in the end, they’re merely means To overthrow the polity. “The meek, they say, inherit all, Yet meekness is a poor solution. Just place your foes beneath the boot: Now you’re on top! That’s revolution. “You cannot make an omelet If you’re afraid to break some eggs. Nor can you change the government, If you’re afraid to break some legs. “And if they will not bend the knee To science and cool reason, Destroy their towns and kill their cops And have them tried for treason. “Grant safety in exchange for risk; Trade bread and circuses for souls; Enforce equality by sword; Curb liberty with strict controls. “And that should do the trick,” he said. “Now dare to conquer! Seize the throne! But mind your head along the way— The revolution eats its own.” Rob Crisell is a writer, actor, teacher, and attorney in Southern California. After two decades in publishing, national non-profit work, law, and commercial real estate, he is now a full-time writer and educator. He’s the author of two books: “The Zoo of Animals” (an adventure novel for children) and “Shakespeare’s Book of Wisdom” (an advice book for young adults). He is an outside instructor with the Murrieta Valley Union School District where he teaches poetry and Shakespeare. You can find his TED Talk “How NOT to Hate Shakespeare” on You Tube. He is a lecturer with Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. He’s written and performed several one-man shows based on Shakespeare works, including “Red, White & Bard! A Celebration of Shakespeare in America,” “Hamlet’s Guide to Happiness,” and “Romeo and Juliet’s Guide to Love.” He acts regularly with Shakespeare in the Vines. His blank verse adaptation of Sophocles’ Electra will be performed in Southern California in winter 2020. Recently, one of his poems won first place in the Friends of the Falun Gong poetry competition. He is a graduate of Yale University and George Mason University Law School. For details, visit his website at www.robcrisell.com or his You Tube channel. 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) 3 Responses James Poulter June 12, 2020 Amazing! Reply Susan Jarvis Bryant June 12, 2020 An eye-opening tour de force of a poem. Every well wrought stanza should serve as a lesson from history. Thank you, Mr. Crisell Reply Rob Crisell June 12, 2020 Thank you! Maura Healey’s comment was so reminiscent of what revolutionary leaders from Danton to Lenin to Pol Pot to Mao to Guevara have said, I knew there had to be a satirical poem lurking in there somewhere… 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.