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The world is ruled by two men­—Jack and Zuck,
More than their strange appearance their deeds suck.
Jack’s goatee truly suits a Marxist boss
Who for free speech and thought gives not a toss,
While Zuck the Cuck with Chinese spouse has luck
In getting socialists to pay a buck;
His nascent eyes and quickly fleeing hair
At novel thoughts and free speech sadly stare.
How strange it is that speech is what they hate,
Preferring love of a corrupted state.
They ban elected leaders’ worthy words
While freely letting drop the leftists’ turds.
In Farcebook and in Twit-town they may reign
As does the sewer to each household drain.

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Sarban Bhattacharya is a 22-year-old poet and classicist currently pursuing a master’s degree in English literature.


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7 Responses

  1. Paul Freeman

    I think you’ll find that Mark Zuckerberg’s wife is an American, born in Massachusetts, Sarban.

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    • C.B. Anderson

      But please recall, Paul, that Massachusetts is part of Communist China in all but name. I know this because I live there.

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    • Margaret Coats

      Not long ago, someone I had just met asked me, “What nationality are you?” and I immediately replied, “Lithuanian,” whereupon she said, “I’m Slovak,” and began to talk about her uncle who had been murdered by communists in Slovakia. Both the Slovak woman and I are Americans born and raised, as is Priscilla Chan Zuckerberg. Mrs. Zuckerberg speaks Chinese fluently, and as the daughter of “boat people” from Vietnam, has surely had to distinguish herself at times from ethnic Vietnamese who speak a different language. As a person of Chinese descent, she is regarded in China as an “overseas Chinese,” whether she likes it or not.

      Sarban Bhattacharya speaks Juvenalian satire in this caustic and biting satiric sonnet. The Juvenalian approach to vice that needs correction can even seem cruel, but it should be recognized as proper to this classic literary genre. And this is a fine example written against men who have made fortunes by providing speech platforms. “How strange it is that speech is what they hate!”

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      • Sarban Bhattacharya

        Thank you Margaret for evaluating my poem in a detailed way. The anecdote of how the people of the Eastern Europe were ruthlessly persecuted, makes me sad indeed. I liked your allusion to Juvenal and his famous style of acerbic satire. Probably there is an influence of Juvenal in my works. I will gladly accept that.

  2. Susan Jarvis Bryant

    Sarban, thank you very much for speaking out poetically. From my perspective, this whole thing boils down to tyranny or liberty, which has absolutely nothing to do with ethnicity. It’s not left or right or black or white or Chinese or Taiwanese etc. etc. It’s those who pay homage to the current government (mostly career politicians who have sold their souls to the CCP) and those duped by propaganda. I pray the majority wakes up soon and takes back what our forefathers fought for. Freedom. I believe in equality of opportunity, not equality of outcome… we must take responsibility for our own future. Thank you for speaking out in an age that cancels those with a “dissenting” voice. May the truth prevail. With much gratitude for your poem.

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    • Sarban Bhattacharya

      Thank you Susan for evoking the matter of equality of outcome, which the current government aims at , at the expense of liberty and freedom of expression.

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