(The Epoch Times)‘Defy the Mask’ by David Watt The Society August 11, 2020 Culture, Deconstructing Communism, Poetry 9 Comments Due to a recent government edict, approximately 5 million Australians must wear masks whenever they leave the house. We wear a mask because we’re told That COVID has us in its hold, And if outside we dare appear Without this prophylactic gear Authorities will slap a fine Because we failed to toe the line— __We wear a mask! ‘But what’s the difference now?’ you ask, And take me, rightly, straight to task By pointing out that well before We ever faced this social war The population, by and large, Remained impassive to each charge— __They wore a mask! There are, in fact, two masks we bear: The one we show, the one we wear. The last is easy to remove Though passers-by may not approve; The first has neither strap nor gauze, Yet leaves us mute to leftist laws. __Defy the mask! David Watt is a writer from Canberra, the “Bush Capital” of Australia. He has contributed regularly to Collections of Poetry and Prose by Robin Barratt. When not working for IP (Intellectual Property) Australia, he finds time to appreciate the intrinsic beauty of traditional rhyming poetry. NOTE TO READERS: If you enjoyed this poem or other content, please consider making a donation to the Society of Classical Poets. NOTE TO POETS: 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. 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Salemi August 11, 2020 Some commentators have called the required Wuhan Flu mask, both here and in other locked-down nations, as “the dhimmi diaper.” A “dhimmi” is a non-Moslem resident of a Moslem country, who has limited civil rights, faces overt discrimination and punitive taxation, and is considered a second-class citizen. He must always be subservient to authority, and can never express disagreement, or even a personal opinion. These stupid “masks” DO NOTHING WHATSOEVER to prevent the spread of a virus. Every doctor (including the insufferable little creep Fauci) knows very well that a simple paper or cloth mask will never stop a virus particle of a few microns in size. The injunction to wear these useless masks is purely to instill fear in the population, and to force persons to declare public loyalty to governmental Diktats and to bureaucratic arrogance. The mask proves that you are an obedient dhimmi in the eyes of our Deep-State masters, and that you will submit to doing something stupid as a way to get along with your neighbors, and thereby avoid ostracism or arrest. Wearing your dhimmi diaper is parallel to the requirement in the old Soviet Union that you have a picture of Stalin on a wall in your house. It didn’t mean a thing, but you had to do it. Reply Cynthia Erlandson August 12, 2020 I totally agree, and am very glad to see this poem! Reply Susan Jarvis Bryant August 11, 2020 I like the way this well crafted poem highlights the unpalatable truths and builds up to its cry for preservation of free speech and encouragement to all who are gagged by draconian PC measures and cancel culture. “Defy the mask!” is my mantra from this poem forward. Thank you, David. Reply David Watt August 12, 2020 Thanks for your kind comments Susan. The cancel culture and masking of free speech is a blight on society that we can do without. Reply David Watt August 12, 2020 Thanks very much Joe T. I am gratified that the poem presents well and carries its message. The powerful topic of free expression lent force to the poem.. Reply C.B. Anderson November 28, 2020 Thumbs up, David. You and I are kindred antipodal spirits. Reply Leave a Reply to Joe Tessitore 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. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.