“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” —Albert Einstein

If I put forth a single vaccine question
About a jab that’s whipped up in a flash,
And ponder on my shot-or-not position,
Why should my reputation hit the trash?

I’m called an anti-vaxxer, pro-plague heathen;
Denier of all scientific finds,
Devoid of any sense or any reason,
Unworthy of respect from “higher” minds;

A super-spreader with no thought for others,
A glitch within the system—a weak link,
A murderer of vulnerable grandmothers
Because I deign to seek, inquire, and think.

I want to ask why if it’s been discovered
That drugs can treat and beat this Covid curse,
With over ninety-nine percent recovered,
Are politicians dipping in our purse?

Why fund a vaccine rushed out in a hurry?
Why skip some vital steps along the way?
Why can’t one sue? That causes me great worry.
If someone’s maimed or killed, why won’t they pay?

Why can’t it stop the risk of further outbreaks?
Why won’t the vaccine free us from the mask?
Why if I wonder just what sense this plan makes,
It’s frowned on if I care and dare to ask?

Why do we need a host of politicians
To get their dose on air to sell this shot?
Why is it if I’m troubled by suspicions,
You tell me that I’ve gone and lost the plot?

The saddest aspect of this sorry saga
Are bullies claiming questing minds are dumb—
All those who favor silencing another
Are stating speech is free for only some.

So, let me speak my mind without your spite;
Without the scorn that slights my point of view.
Don’t pick a pious, high-and-mighty fight
If I’m not seeing eye to eye with you.



Susan Jarvis Bryant is a church secretary and poet whose homeland is Kent, England.  She is now an American citizen living on the coastal plains of Texas.  Susan has poetry published in the UK webzine, Lighten Up On Line, The Daily Mail, and Openings (anthologies of poems by Open University Poets).

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42 Responses

  1. Susan Jarvis Bryant

    This latest poem of mine has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with the vaccine and everything to do with bullying. I have had many vaccines, but if I question this latest one, a slew of slanderous names is hurled my way just because I have concerns. Since when has science been beyond question? There have been many mistakes made in the name of science. One only has to see the lawyers lined up and ready to sue doctors and pharmaceutical companies for ruining people’s lives in the name of better health – the adverts blare from TVs every night.

  2. Margaret Coats

    Good job, Susan. Go look at the Great Barrington Declaration from three infection disease experts, who have more than 50,000 co-signers among medical professionals. You aren’t alone. They call their more compassionate plan “Focused Protection,” and while they certainly favor vaccination, rightly point out other concerns. I didn’t realize the huge number of people who will die due to starvation brought about by the economic harm of lockdowns. This is a situation where the young and the underprivileged bear the greatest burdens.

    • Susan Jarvis Bryant

      Thank you, Margaret, and exactly! I am aware of this report, together with a stay of action put forward and filed with the European Medicines Agency by Dr. Michael Yeadon, the former head of Pfizer research, warning them about the potential effects of this vaccine on fertility… but, if I express my concerns, I’m a “science denier, pro-plague super spreader”… and that’s before making my mind up. The fact that politicians around the globe are having to sell this vaccine by having their shot for the whole world to see has alarm bells ringing… since when have the majority of politicians been trustworthy?

  3. Joseph S. Salemi

    Susan, you are asking exactly the kind of questions that the Deep-State controllers are anxious to squelch. These “vaccines” have been put together in an absurdly short time, with no normal protocols for testing followed. Our left-liberal masters want US to be the guinea pigs, and they don’t give a damn how many people die in the process.

    • Susan Jarvis Bryant

      Joe, everything you say is spot on, and the sad thing is people are lining up for a shot without being fully informed, as the majority of doctors who question the safety and validity of the vaccine have been shut down. Apparently, it doesn’t stop you getting it again. It doesn’t stop it spreading AND we still have to wear masks… what, I ask myself is the point if there are drugs out there that will prevent and cure it – the latest one being Ivermectin, which has had excellent results in Australia.

      Just for bringing these matters up I am a pariah. My heart bleeds for the scientists who have proven research to put forward that doesn’t align with today’s political agenda. Disgusting! People’s right to information is being removed from under their noses without them even knowing about it.

      • Cynthia Erlandson

        Exactly, Susan! Did you see the video back in April or May, I think — “Frontline Doctors”? Dr. Stella Immanuel had treated over 300 people for covid with hydroxychloroquine, with success, and without one single death, saying, “There is a cure!” — and facebook banned the video. And that was just one example of the infuriating suppression of facts! Anyway, your poem is full of excellent questions! (Especially, “Why won’t the vaccine free us from the mask?”)

      • Susan Jarvis Bryant

        Cynthia, thank you for this valid point. I saw the video and I’ve read an awful lot from voices that make sense and have been shut down, the latest being Dr. Pierre Kory, a physician at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee screaming out to get approval for ivermectin – a drug that staves off and cures Covid-19.

  4. Paul A. Freeman

    Science, as you say Susan, is not beyond question, which is why I am part of a Phase 3 clinical trial.

    Also what is not beyond question is that my mother and her partner both contracted Covid in England. My mother’s partner’s funeral is on the 29th, and with the new variation of the virus surging, who knows if my mother and elder brother will be allowed to attend.

    I’ve weighed up the effect of home-schooling and everything else on my kids’ lives and am willing to take the risk of helping out.

    I will keep you all informed if I grow an extra head.

    • Susan Jarvis Bryant

      Paul, I am really sorry to hear of your loss and I respect your decision to be part of a Phase 3 clinical trial. I’m also glad to hear you say that Science is not beyond question, which is really the point of this poem. I wish you and your family all the best.

      • Paul A. Freeman

        Thanks, Susan. Wishing you and yours all the best – and stay safe.

  5. Jeff Eardley

    Susan, I hope that you haven’t been attacked on social media over this. We are all floundering about at the moment and looking for answers. Over here, things are grim and getting worse with over 3000 lorries piled up at Dover and an impending national lockdown. We are all clutching at something at the moment and we hope that the vaccine with the name “Oxford” attached to it will offer some sort of salvation. Once again, best wishes to you and Mike for Christmas and hopefully a better 2021.

    • Susan Jarvis Bryant

      Jeff, I feel for you. I’m sure we’ve got the same to come over here. I hope the vaccine in the UK is the holy grail. Just take a look at the finds of Dr. Michael Yeadon, the former head of Pfizer research, before you take it. He put forward a stay in the European Courts that was ignored. Doctors and scientists that don’t have views that align with the government are being shut down all over the globe and my main concern is that people are having the vaccine without being fully informed.

      I’m especially worried about the infertility threat among the younger generation. For them, the threat posed by the vaccine may be worse than the threat posed by the virus. But, hey, who knows and you must do what you think is best. It’s wonderful to be able to have this conversation without being shut down… my main point.

      A “professional” in the town I live in is using the words “anti-vaxxer”, “science denier”, “pro-plague”, “weak link in the system”, “the unconcerned”, and “conspiracy theorists” for those not wanting to be vaccinated. While those who do are “science accepting”. To me, that is bullying at its most insidious and these cruel labels are my inspiration for this poem.

      I really don’t want to write political rants, but I seem to be compelled to. Freedom of speech, freedom of thought, and freedom to choose are disappearing. If I don’t speak up, I feel guilty. It’s very easy to remain silent. I simply can’t… and I’m glad you haven’t turned your back on me for having my own independent opinion.

      A very Merry Christmas to you and your family from me and Mike, in spite of these difficult times.

      • Joseph S. Salemi

        Susan, infertility in the young may be a deliberate aim of some vaccine supporters. The insufferable Bill Gates has called for a reduction of the world’s population by over fifty percent. What better way to accomplish this than by forced inoculations of the population in the name of “health” and “safety”? That’s what’s called disguised and peaceful genocide. It’s so much more acceptable than what the Nazis did, or what the CCP in China does with unwanted people.

      • Susan Jarvis Bryant

        Joe, everything you have said, I’ve considered. I believe it to be true and there is plenty of evidence out there to support these beliefs, if only those who claim to care would look. Bullying, in the form of name calling and labeling those who question, and shutting down doctors and scientists who put forth a dissenting view, is a distraction and the big cover up.

        The University of Virginia has a protocol that prevents and cures COVID-19. As you know, many federal workers live in Virginia. If you have a doctor you can trust, this will be of value. Here’s the link to the protocol: https://www.evms.edu/media/evms_public/departments/internal_medicine/EVMS_Critical_Care_COVID-19_Protocol.pdf

  6. Rohini Sunderam

    I thoroughly enjoyed it! A point of view is a point of view and you’re entitled to yours.

  7. Paul A. Freeman

    The reason polio hasn’t been eradicated is due to imams in Northern Nigeria spreading a rumour that the vaccine was a ploy by the WHO to make child-bearing age women infertile. You may see credibility in these rumours. I however, see beggars with stick-thin legs, moving spider-like after me using their elbows as I pass through the souk of Khartoum in the 1980s, or else sitting against the wall of the main mosque in the scant shade, crying out for alms. We were so close to ridding ourselves of polio.

    • Susan Jarvis Bryant

      Paul, your observations are very sad and I’m very sorry to hear this. By the same token, as Margaret pointed out above, go look at the Great Barrington Declaration from three infectious disease experts, who have more than 50,000 co-signers among medical professionals. This isn’t “rumour spreading”.

      BUT, this isn’t my point. My point is that we should be able to exchange views and have opinions on a controversial subject without one side (the side that doesn’t adhere to the government agenda) being labeled as “conspiracy theorists”, “science deniers”, “pro-plague super-spreaders” and all manner of terms that bully to the point of submission.

      • Paul A. Freeman

        What is frustrating about the battle against polio (remember the WHO eradicated smallpox in 1980), is that we were so close. You had misinformation from religious clerics in Nigeria, and ongoing conflict in the Afghan-Pakistan border region that kept the disease alive.

        Anyhow, I have it on great authority that some time today my sonnet honouring one of the most famous victims of bullying will be published on this site.

  8. Julian D. Woodruff

    Well done, as usual, Susan. It’s amazing to me, and disconcerting, how many political poems I’e piled up over the last year. Another (I hope it’s fair to you):
    These shrill virtue signalers, Susan insists,
    Might find themselves singing a different song
    Were they to remember the keen scientists
    Whose findings out to be just a bit wrong.

    • Paul A. Freeman

      Let’s not forget that the bullying goes both ways:

      When Galileo dared to voice his view
      That planet Earth is orbiting the sun,
      He faced the Inquisition and would rue
      His revelation, taken as a cue
      To ‘cancel’ him in parlance of today –
      Until his death, the man was locked away.

      • Mike Bryant

        I like the poem. Galileo said that the sun was stationary… he was wrong at least on that point. Pope Urban VIII didn’t lock down the whole country… maybe last March the pope should have put only Fauci in lockdown! 🙂
        I’ve always found it inexplicable that no matter where we point our telescopes we see red-shift, which indicates that the whole universe is moving away from us. Perhaps we really are at the center of the universe…
        You really hold a grudge.

      • Paul A. Freeman

        My post was about science and bullying, Mike. As for red shift, it indicates merely an expanding universe and everything moving away from everything else, not that we’re in any way central or special to the universe.

      • Susan Jarvis Bryant

        Paul, you said that bullying goes both ways…

        I see that you don’t understand me fully,
        I’m telling you I cannot stand a bully.
        It matters not the stance or point of view,
        All I ask is I’m allowed one too
        Without a snide remark or snooty quip
        Spilling from a supercilious lip –
        Up or down or to the left or right,
        All I want are answers without spite

      • Paul A. Freeman

        I understand you to the full,
        My ears aren’t filled with cotton wool,
        And yet if I express a view
        Unlike your own, it’s deemed a cue
        Not just for you, but those around
        To scoff and claim my mind’s unsound,
        To sneer from high as bullies might
        So sure that all they know is right.

      • Mike Bryant

        It’s not about who’s right or wrong
        It’s all about decorum
        For questions are what keep us strong
        Snide labels kill our forum.

      • Susan Jarvis Bryant

        Dear Paul,
        I’m not going to reply to your latest poem with a poem of my own. The implication is too serious for that. To address your points, at no stage have I ever thought your personal view was a cue for me to “scoff”, “claim [your] mind’s unsound”, or “sneer from high as bullies might”. You have your view and I respect your view whether it aligns with mine or not. I agree with vaccines. I made sure my son was vaccinated against all the lethal childhood diseases and my parents did the same for me. And, although I have serious doubts about the reason for and safety of the latest vaccine, I respect your decision to participate in the Phase 3 clinical trials. If you feel you’ve been bullied by me, that was certainly not my intention.

        I wish you and your family a peaceful and beautiful Christmas, in spite of sad circumstances, and I wish you well with the trial. I hope my concern is misplaced. I too want this hellish nightmare of a situation to end. Let’s hope 2021 brings with it a glimmer of hope on the dark horizon.

    • Susan Jarvis Bryant

      Thank you very much, Julian. I appreciate your validation and your spot-on poem (I love it!). The day people stop speaking out, in spite of the harsh pushback, is the day freedom is dead.

  9. C.B. Anderson

    You are so good, Susan, that, if I die and go to heaven, and you are not there, I will request a transfer to somewhere else.

    • Susan Jarvis Bryant

      Hilarious, C.B.! It would appear my wicked way with words means I may be on Santa’s naughty list – darn it!

  10. David Watt

    Susan, your poem adroitly tackles an issue which happens to focus on vaccination: namely freedom to question, or to voice an opposing opinion. There are indeed a swag of whys to be answered.

    The first vaccines in Australia will be rolled out in March, with a little less haste than elsewhere. However, it’s seen as bad form to question the sharp liberator.

    • Susan Jarvis Bryant

      David, thank you for your astute and assuring comment. It seems that even to question why one can’t question is questionable. LOL Wishing Australia all the very best with their vaccine program, and wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

      • JJulian D. Woodruff

        I see belatedly that my wife’s laptop has once again got the better of me. The line should read: “Whose findings turned out …”

  11. Martin Rizley

    Thanks for writing such a well constructed, beautifully expressed and cogently reasoned poetic defense of fundamental liberties upon which Western societies were built– such as the freedom to ask questions, to reason, to think for oneself, and to express a dissenting point of view. Such freedoms appear to be increasingly devalued and under attack by those whose main interest seems to be to create a society of compliant sheeple who let elected and non-elected officials do all their thinking for them..

      • Susan Jarvis Bryant

        Cynthia, thank you very much for your support. It’s sometimes tough to move against the surge of the herd… but, I’m compelled to. Freedom means far more to me than my reputation. With much gratitude.

    • Susan Jarvis Bryant

      Martin, thank you very much for reading my poem and for laying out with clarity exactly what my words are trying to express. I welcome and appreciate your fine eye. It seems that if one’s opinion is independent, the verbal punishment is relentless… I will, however, not let this deter me, and it’s poets like you who encourage me. Once more unto the breach… I say! 🙂


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