. Bang! “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”---This quote was attributed by John Kennedy to medieval thinker Dante Alighieri I’m polite and I am civil. I am civil and polite. I nod at dullest drivel, My eyes and head don’t swivel, I make the heavy light. I’m a champion of propriety Without an ounce of spite, Embracing all that’s trite With airs of pure delight. I avoid all notoriety While tempering anxiety That sullies our society In times of fight or flight… Until you mention politics. The fix is in, it’s in the fix. My inner brawler kick, kick, kicks--- Bang! Bang! Bang! I am meek and I am mild; I am mild and I am meek--- Imperturbation’s child, I’m unruffled, never riled, It’s tranquility I seek. I’m a spreader of serenity--- No short shrift, sass or cheek. You’ll never hear me shriek, I’m whisperingly chic. My voice is an amenity With soothing coos of lenity, I dodge and duck obscenity In times of fits of pique… Until you mention politics. Sticks and stones, stones and sticks. My inner F-bomb tick, tick, ticks--- Bang! Bang! Bang! . . Kindred Spirits I see her every morning and I think, A slick of lipstick wouldn’t go amiss. A glossed-on grin might grab her from the brink Of misery’s mascara-smudged abyss. Her sorrow saps the sparkle from each eye And furrows flaw her forehead with a frown. Her pout is pursed with pity’s pissy sigh, For every up she has just plunges down. Her simpering has suffocated zeal. Her carping’s clipped the wings of sky-high bliss. I wish she’d quit each fit of squawk-and-squeal And purge her urge to snipe and gripe and hiss. If only I could cure with warm affection My melancholic bitch of a reflection. . . 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).