"Scotland Forever!" by Elizabeth Thompson‘Resist!’ by Joe Tessitore The Society June 1, 2021 Beauty, Culture, Poetry 15 Comments . The enemy has canceled me And yet, as far as I can see, I still exist, I am still here And so resist and have no fear. Theirs is a vile, historic curse, But this time, friends, it will be worse. There’s nothing new in what they say, The vicious Brown Shirts of our day. The threat is real, it does advance And must be stopped while there’s a chance. We know where all of this will end— A patriot cannot pretend. Their re-set we dare not allow— The place is here, the time is now. . . Joe Tessitore is a retired New York City resident and poet. NOTE TO READERS: If you enjoyed this poem or other content, please consider making a donation to the Society of Classical Poets. NOTE TO POETS: 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. CODEC News: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) 15 Responses Sally Cook June 1, 2021 Right on, Joe! Reply Joe Tessitore June 2, 2021 Thank you, Sally. Reply Ryan Watch June 2, 2021 This is quite a profound poem Mr. Tessitore! The context of the lines almost remind me of the horrors of the French revolution and the Reign of Terror. Reply Joe Tessitore June 2, 2021 Keep watching, Ryan. Reply Elizabeth Valerie Wyler June 2, 2021 By the way, Joe, your poem offends me! (I’m not sure why … exactly … but boosting one’s sense of moral superiority by becoming “offended” is currently fashionable … amongst lemmings!) These “spot on” sentiments have beautiful rhyme & meter. I enjoyed reading your timely poem. The funniest thing to witness is the champion “cancellers” cancelling one another. Reply TONIA KALOURIA June 2, 2021 Beautifully written and Right on! Now if they would only cancel the Great Reset, CRT, etc. Reply Susan Jarvis Bryant June 2, 2021 Joe, the place is definitely here and the time is definitely now. Your poetic voice of resistance sings loud and clear and I’m singing along with you. I think many are learning the words to our anthem and singing along with us… let’s hope it makes a difference. Reply Peg June 2, 2021 Amen!!!! Reply Sue Caiazzo June 2, 2021 Joe, excellent Poem. So true and unfortunately so now. You always make a statement and it is always good Reply Margaret Coats June 2, 2021 Belligerent and powerful in a light, attractive rhythm with a smooth flow of words and thoughts. The poem conveys an urgent message in a way that is easy to read and remember! Reply C.B. Anderson June 2, 2021 Thumbs up, Joe, for reasons I don’t care to articulate (though others have already articulated them), but I think we see eye-to-eye most of the time. Right now, you are the voice crying out from the witch’s cauldron of NYC. More power to you. Never back down. Keep the faith. Reply Joe Tessitore June 2, 2021 Thank you all very much. Reply Patricia Redfern June 3, 2021 Need more like you….fantastic write! I get smacked plenty for standing up. We best stand up! Loved it! Reply Cheryl Corey June 3, 2021 So simple and yet so memorable – and the last line says it all. I couldn’t help but think of the expression “the barbarians are at the gate”. Reply David Whippman June 6, 2021 A well-written rallying cry against the “wokeism” etc which is closing down debate both in Europe and the USA. Reply Leave a Reply to Cheryl Corey Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.