Jonathan Isaac stands for the "National Anthem" (The Epoch Times)‘A Ditty’ and Other Poetry by Joe Tessitore The Society August 14, 2020 Culture, Deconstructing Communism, Poetry 18 Comments A Ditty What happened to the human race? It vanished, friend, without a trace. And what, pray tell, of humankind? You may well seek, but will not find. And finally, humanity? It slipped into insanity. It’s Coming … I won’t accept a chip. I will not take the knee. And so, my friend, I’m on a trip— It’s to the camps for me. Please do not shed a tear. It was, indeed, my choice. The bus rolls on and death draws near— I’m glad I raised my voice. The end comes for us all. I go with head held high. For once I find I’m standing tall— I will live free or die. A Senryu We all need to write While there’s still some daylight left For fast comes the night. On the Communist Hijacking of Ballet I think Ballet Has seen its day And gone the way Of Mao and Che. 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It’s the staged imitation of life; it’s fine with me if they keep self marginalizing. Reply Martin Rizley August 14, 2020 I particularly like “It’s Coming”– a brief but powerful statement about the importance of freedom and the need to resist tyranny, even with our lives. Its brevity contributes to its effectiveness. Patrick Henry would be proud of you for the sentiment you express! Reply Leo Zoutewelle August 14, 2020 Great commentary Joe, thanks! Reply Julian D. Woodruff August 14, 2020 Pith. Wit. Prophecy. And rhyme to boot. Who could ask for anything more? … Reply Cynthia Erlandson August 14, 2020 Thank you, Joe. It is wonderful to be in a group that values both poetry and freedom! Reply Mike Bryant August 14, 2020 I’m adding my voice to the others here… four wonderful little packages of dynamite. My favorite is “It’s Coming …” Reply Joe Tessitore August 14, 2020 Thank you all very much! Reply Rod Walford August 14, 2020 Love them all Joe – and I’m with you on the Chip thing! Reply David Watt August 15, 2020 Joe, I liked all four of your timely poems. “It’s Coming” is also my favourite, probably because the camp scenario has great impact. Reply C.B. Anderson August 15, 2020 Joe, you never cease to amaze. Your verse is simple, to the point, and as unpretentiously illuminating as anything I’ve ever read. It’s good to see that we “old guys” still have something to say and the stiff-necked attitude that empowers us to say it. Thanks for these — I might decide to live another year or two, knowing that not everybody living in New York City is an anarcho-leftist ideologue. Reply Joe Tessitore August 16, 2020 Thank you, gentlemen, very much. Reply Jeff Eardley August 16, 2020 Joe, from this side of the pond, thank you for these four. Plenty of food for thought in these troubled times. Well done. Reply Susan Jarvis Bryant August 16, 2020 Joe, I love every one of these pithy, honest, and perfectly wrought poems. If anyone doesn’t see the horrors looming on their doorstep, I’m going to send them in the direction of your poetry. Reply Joe Tessitore August 16, 2020 I’m getting remarkably interesting responses from friends and family! Reply Susan Jarvis Bryant August 17, 2020 All to the good I hope, Joe. I don’t know whether it’s my imagination (and I sincerely hope not) but I feel many are waking up to harsh reality. It’s very hard to stand up for what you believe in when it feels as if you’re a lone voice in the wilderness, especially with social media being so controlling. Thank goodness for fine, truthful poetry like yours and a site dedicated to the freedom to express it. Joe Tessitore August 17, 2020 Dear Susan, Thank you for that. I just sent this to Evan and he’s going to pass it along; A Chance Encounter in NYC Chris and I went to the CVS yesterday just south of Columbus Circle to buy a frozen pizza. She’s a master of coupons and CVS is far and away her favorite store. The freezer doors were locked – as was every other display – so we had to get a security guard to open them for us. I asked him if people were stealing food. His eyes widened and he told us that people were stealing everything. He pointed to the locked plexiglass doors in front of the laundry detergent and said that people break them right in front of him to take what they want. He showed us his hand and told us that one of them bit him when he confronted them. Several times in our conversation he told us that “These are apocalyptic times!”. 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.