A photo of riots this year in Minneapolis‘News of the Revolution’ by Daniel Kemper The Society October 7, 2020 Culture, Deconstructing Communism, Poetry 4 Comments News of the Revolution Revolt or riot? Both? Or civil war? No matter what, who hasn’t realized the revolution’s being televised. The camera always wants a little more: the street churns; a building burns. What for? I only watch, aghast and hypnotized; and all the while, an unrecognized, unmastered thing still hovers at my door. The TV sirens scream as if accusing me of being wrong by being me. I watch, but is this how it’s always been? Now sirens in the street drown out the news. The building that is burning on TV is the building that I’m living in. Daniel Kemper is a systems engineer living in California. 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 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. CODEC News: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) 4 Responses Susan Jarvis Bryant October 8, 2020 For me, this poem says so much about the modern-day reaction to the war on our doorstep. Many are dependent upon the MSM to assuage fear and engage hearts with the term “peaceful protests” for which the Western World is to blame… while the flames are licking away at our collective front door. Reply Daniel Kemper October 9, 2020 My failure to be active, though not in hostility, accuses me per Genesis 4:7. “”If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it.” Susan, I think you intuit that. Reply sally Cook October 14, 2020 Thank you for a fine poetic reminder to lift up our countenances and speak out. Reply Daniel Kemper October 14, 2020 Thank you Sally, I was thinking of adding an epigram. “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” ― Edmund Burke 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. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.