"The Riot" by Philip Hoyoll‘At the Supper Table of a Progressive’ and Other Poetry by Alexander King Ream The Society September 21, 2020 Culture, Deconstructing Communism, Humor, Poetry 1 Comment At the Supper Table of a Progressive They understood riots and death and what’s more, “Adore them all really,” and down to the core, So dropping my napkin to grant them the same, I upset their table and rose with my frame, A fine crystal pitcher of water was near, Though leaded, I grabbed it and swung it with fear, I counted their suffering as lame and far less (but did feel some shame as I scooped up the mess). To the Snide Man Who called me barbaric; I gave him just that, In 8 or 9 seconds? he woke up, when flat, I did what he said, with his 3rd to last breath, Obeyed his command, when he screamed for his death. Alec Ream is a writer living in the Northern Neck of Virginia. His work has been printed in Decanto Poetry Magazine (West Sussex, UK) 2013-14, Western Viewpoints 2014 (Woodinville, Washington) and Poetic Images: the Great American West 2015 (Woodinville, Washington), The Society of Classical Poets Annual Journals 2015-19 (Mt Hope, New York), The Rocky Point Times 2016 (Puerto Peñasco, Mexico) and in several issues of The Lyric (Jericho, Vermont) 2015-18. Currently, his work has gone to print in the Autumn Journal of The Writers Guild of Virginia, and his novel Canterbury 2020 is being edited for print in 2020 by High Tide Press in Deltaville, Virginia. A member of the Demosthenian Literary Society at the University of Georgia, he deployed to Hawija, then wrote on Lookout Mountain, continuing to write, lecture and work for Delta Kappa Epsilon International. He prefers to note that he was first published reading to the pledge class of Michigan DKE, in Ann Arbor. 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) One Response C.B. Anderson September 22, 2020 Alexander, if we ever dine together, please remind me not to insult you or talk politics. Some adjustments in the punctuation would make your ideas clearer. For instance, a semicolon after “fear,” because you begin a new sentence in the next line. And perhaps a period after “near,” for the same reason. 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.