. Tyrants would distribute largesse, a bushel of wheat, a gallon of wine, and a sesterce: and then everybody would shamelessly cry, “Long live the King!” ---Juvenal Keep a mind that’s blind to widened outlook. Recite the writing on the PC wall. Preach from Satan’s trick-the-trusting playbook, Where speech is fine for some but not for all. Prize all lies as facts when frauds have checked them To spread the news the sycophants see fit. Revel in the peaceful frays and mayhem And praise each hypocrite of little wit. Back all Machiavellian maneuvers From those who loathe the country and its flag. Bow to rules of liberty removers--- Accept debate is hate that begs a gag. Scorn a realm that cancels cancel-culture. Rip wings from dreams about to rise and soar. Flatter haughty autocratic vultures Who feed on crawlers kneeling on the floor… Then you will have your bread-and-circus savior; A Hun who’ll pledge a ton of fun for all. Such knavish, slavish, kiss-the-con behavior Will earn a payoff check---the fawner’s haul. Now Netflix blares across a captive nation As history’s tomes on Rome are left to burn. Those questioning the worth of liberation Are just about to wake up... look and learn. . . 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).