. Signs of the Times “Post-modern” is the “ism” of the land; Reality is hanging by a thread. Objective truth? Rejected out of hand. And God and moral absolutes are dead. Ignore what ancient wisdom had to say; What matters most is how a person feels. And in the game of news the networks play The dealer gets to choose which cards he deals. Opinions, facts, and reason have no merit Unless they are politically correct. Deplorables are told to grin and bear it When anarchists and riots intersect. Both violence and mobs are tolerated As long as they promote the “narrative.” But those who don’t must be incarcerated— For being woke is an imperative. Our Constitutional democracy Preserves, protects, defends each person’s right. But now our East Coast aristocracy Sees everything in terms of Black and white. Vast public lands that stretch from shore to shore Are managed by what’s called the “BLM.” Today those letters mean a whole lot more: They claim our country’s racist, not just “them.” To say our country’s “great” is now taboo. Support police and you might not get hired. Your company now tells you what to do: “Admit that you’re a racist or be fired.” What happened to our land of liberty? Where freedom once meant we could disagree? Today, it seems, in order to breathe free, We all must bow to Post-Modernity. In liberty and justice, I believe. But if they’re lost to legislative theft It won’t be me who turns his back to leave, My country is the one who will have left. . . James A. Tweedie is a retired pastor living in Long Beach, Washington. He has written and published six novels, one collection of short stories, and three collections of poetry including Mostly Sonnets, all with Dunecrest Press. His poems have been published nationally and internationally in The Lyric, Poetry Salzburg (Austria) Review, California Quarterly, Asses of Parnassus, Lighten Up Online, Better than Starbucks, WestWard Quarterly, Society of Classical Poets, and The Chained Muse.