. “Wherever books are burned, human beings are destined to be burned too.” ---Heinrich Heine There is diction to spurn and there’s fiction to burn ____If the subject is apt to offend Connoisseurs with a nose for the whiff of foul prose--- ____The rank stench only oafs will defend. There’s a sniff test that’s key for the powers that be ____Who decide all that we have at hand. If the theme’s apt to stink, they’ll erase wicked ink, ____And announce book and author are banned. For the rubes gone astray from the finest bouquet ____That arises from chapter and verse, Every erudite flare from fair nostrils that care ____Will determine the cure for their curse. They will tell plebs their taste is a misplaced disgrace ____And that torching of tomes is the way. The naïve who believe all these book-burning thieves ____Are ensuring no soul has a say. When they cancel your choice they have canceled your voice ____In humanity’s virtuous name. First, they scorch sinful pages then flesh (the next stage) ____As they claim that your words are to blame. . . 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).