An illustration of Robespierre's reign of terrorAmid U.S. Riots, A Reflection on Robespierre’s July 28 Execution, by Rob Crisell The Society July 28, 2020 Culture, Deconstructing Communism, Poetry 7 Comments A Proposal—July 28, 2020 Upon this date in 1794, The French Revolution concluded in gore, As Robespierre’s head hit the blood-stained floor Of Paris’s Place de la Concorde, Leaving poor France worse off than before. Instead of commencing a new revolution, Established on radical, naive solutions That spark civil war, force redistribution, Destroy liberty, and cause vast destitution, Let’s salvage the values of our Constitution. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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) 7 Responses Joe Tessitore July 28, 2020 I think the Congressman that just died is famous (or infamous?) for declaring: The Constitution? We don’t follow that here! Reply Mike Bryant July 29, 2020 I’m all for salvaging the values of the Constitution. They’ve been savaged for too long. Reply Joseph S. Salemi July 29, 2020 The Constitution will be gone if the Democrat scum win the next election. Reply Mike Bryant July 29, 2020 The Constitution is the only thing standing between the people and serfdom. The authoritarians have already led us most of the way there. Vote Trump early and often and get all your friends to do the same. Prayer is also necessary. Susan Jarvis Bryant July 30, 2020 Thank you, Rob. This is a potent poetical reminder of exactly what we have to lose. Utterly chilling. Reply Rob Crisell July 30, 2020 Thanks for all your comments. Some pundits argue that what we’re seeing is the death rattle of a revolution that began around 1917, not the beginning of one. I hope so, but I have my doubts. Reply James Sale August 6, 2020 A fine poem Rob: I like the sustained rhyming that you use; and of course the topic is so topical and relevant now. I agree with you. For more on the differences between the French and American Revolution, so see my recent article in The Epoch Times: https://www.theepochtimes.com/bastille-day-from-myth-to-fable_3411560.html All the best. 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.