"An Old Scholar" by Koninck Salomon‘O Say Can It Be?’ and Other Poetry by Joe Tessitore The Society July 14, 2021 Beauty, Deconstructing Communism, Haiku and Senryu, Poetry 7 Comments . O Say Can It Be? “How long you been suckin’ up oxygen, friend? For seventy years? Well now that’s gonna end! And moochin’ off Social Security too? The Great People’s Zoo is the next stop for you! You’ll be in their keep, but not for very long, Till they put you to sleep To our Woke Nation’s Song.” . . The Kaatskills Renowned in your day By the ages ground away Great grandfather hills . . Senryu The games that we play Sin to lose and sin to win Ourselves they betray . . WHO? Indebted to the Orient, Integrity now all but spent, Who from its lies will not relent, Hopelessly bent on ill intent. Behind the propaganda mist, A tyrant with an iron fist. A monolith without a soul, The Centers for Disease Control. Debauched between the sheets with Big, Bad Pharm, And laughing at the stricture “Cause no harm.” . . 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 email@example.com. 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) 7 Responses Gail July 14, 2021 Very peppy! For an old guy? Stepping carefully, because I’m not sure if I can still say I’m middle-aged in my fifties. Yay or nay? Reply Brian Yapko July 14, 2021 A fun, albeit wry, quartet with quite a bite! Well done! And thank you for introducing me to the senryu form. Reply Julian D. Woodruff July 14, 2021 You say you’re only 62? Well, that’s only your point of view. We’re sure you’re ripe for the Great People’s Zoo! These are diamond hard, Mr. Tessitore. I love the epithet Big, Bad Pharm, whose given name must be Hannibal. Reply Margaret Coats July 14, 2021 Joe, these are tough short poems that get better with more readings. Each has a different style to appreciate–which I did. Thank you! Reply Susan Jarvis Bryant July 14, 2021 Joe, each eagle-eyed poetic observation manages to pack one helluva punch with a dire message for a dying nation. Let’s hope your words are a huge wake-up call for those who are only just beginning to learn what it means to be free. Thank you! Reply C.B. Anderson July 14, 2021 You have great talent, Joe, for kicking the New Establishment in the cojones. And you do it in well-measured verse. Reply Joe Tessitore July 15, 2021 You are all very kind and I thank God for like-minded people. Reply Leave a Reply 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. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.