"An Old Man at a Casement" by Govaert Flinck ‘The Senior Covid Blues’ by Lee Goldberg The Society February 3, 2021 Coronavirus, Culture, Humor, Poetry 16 Comments . The Senior Covid Blues I have read many articles about the virus particles that swirl about and sneak into our noses. I know it takes tenacity to keep one’s lung capacity and not look up and see the roots of roses! According to virology my system’s etiology does put me in the high risk covid group. A condition preexisting has my internist insisting if I get it then my future looks like poop. But I’ll strive for the achievement of avoiding my bereavement to be standing when the next rhyme contest starts! I will fight evil creations of lethal virus mutations that prefer to feast on lungs of we old farts! Doing proper isolation I might miss the titivation a mortician would perform upon my hair. Maybe after vaccination I will not need ventilation to assist me with inhaling clean fresh air! One afterthought, don’t criticize and say that bad taste underlies this poetry and claim it makes things worse because I won’t apologize for rhyming while I strategize about avoiding being in a hearse! . . Of Threats to Democracy The essence of democracy is that a person never be afraid to freely speak what’s in their heart. A blessing of democracy is that an artist can be free to fearlessly create a work of art. There was a time not so long past when one idea we held fast was the unquestioned right to free expression. But such is not the case today civility has waned away society has undergone regression. The rules have changed in recent years. It’s animus, hatred and fears that dominate. We all have become callous. And anyone who dares to say that decreed truth is not the way is ostracized and targeted with malice. If one speaks anything taboo that’s reason enough to undo a lifetime of good deeds and honest service. To utter one single bad word means henceforth you should not be heard! That type of thinking should make us all nervous. We say that someone should be fired further discourse not desired and excised from the realm of public thought! Since past behavior matters not and decades of good deeds mean squat all products that they make should not be bought! And thus because of constant fear that someone listening who’s near might misconstrue, misquote or unemploy us we keep our thoughts suppressed inside and feel compelled to always hide our real beliefs so no one can destroy us. The precious right to civil speech is something we must not impeach. It is because of it we came to be. The right to express reasoned thought apparently must be re-taught. It is the linchpin of democracy. I ask of those who scream and shout to drown a disagreement out for one brief second please just lend an ear. To see what is the greatest threat to our democracy as yet stand and look into the nearest mirror. . . Lee Goldberg (aka Rantingsenior) is a writer who lives in Naperville, Illinois. He is retired and has worked in a variety of areas including computer programming and network administration. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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) 16 Responses Cynthia Erlandson February 3, 2021 Lee, I enjoy the fun form you have used here, and especially the way you have used it to express, very accurately, some threats to our democracy. Reply Lee Goldberg February 3, 2021 Thanks for the kind words. But remember…….just because everything is crumbling that doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun! Reply Beverly S Stock February 3, 2021 The Senior Covid Blues is great!! Thanks! Started my day with a smile. Reply Lee Goldberg February 3, 2021 May it will go viral. Reply Lee Goldberg February 3, 2021 Maybe it will go viral, that is. Can’t type anymore! Reply Paul Freeman February 3, 2021 Loved the Senior Covid Blues, Lee. And if I may: Our kids and grandkids live with fears of my demise and copious tears that hankies by the dozen cannot douse. One silver lining makes them brave and that’s when I am in my grave, inheriting my money and my house. Reply Lee Goldberg February 3, 2021 Now that is poignant! I am truly moved. Reply Allegra Silberstein February 3, 2021 Your use of rhyme in these fine poems is wonderful. May the force continue to be with you…Allegra Reply Lee Goldberg February 3, 2021 Thank you. I felt a ripple in the force tonight, but then realized I had just split my pants. Reply Tonia Kalouria February 3, 2021 Hello, Lee, Love what you say and how you say in both poems. I, too, am of “a certain age” and am being put upon to get the jab. Loved the “Look in the mirror” last line esp. Tonia Kalouria Reply Lee Goldberg February 3, 2021 Actually, I’m 74 now and avoid looking in the mirror at all costs. But other people should. Reply Tonia Kalouria February 3, 2021 (I still do look in mirror after full makeup and hair grooming each day. I do it for ME:-) Lee Goldberg February 3, 2021 That is poignant! Reply Susan Jarvis Bryant February 4, 2021 What a tour de force of deliciously wry humor in a world gone insane. Your poems are also well crafted with the smooth meter and clever use of language adding to the pleasure of the read. I especially like “The Senior Covid Blues”. Its closing two stanzas made me laugh out loud… excellent medicine for staving of those Covid blues. Thank you! Reply Lee Goldberg February 4, 2021 Thank you so much for the kind words! Reply David Watt February 6, 2021 The humorous ‘Senior Covid Blues’ is definitely in good taste. It’s much better to extract a laugh from a subject which is in our face day by day. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. 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