Nero fiddling while Rome burns.Complete the poem: ‘The Tyranny of Fear and Lies…’ The Society September 15, 2021 Culture, Poetry, Poetry Contests 31 Comments This challenge comes from New York poet Joe Tessitore. He asks you to use the following couplet in a poem. Post your version in the comments section below: . How very much do I despise The tyranny of fear and lies? . . . . NOTE: 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. 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) 31 Responses Bill September 15, 2021 How very much do I despise The tyranny of fear and lies? That forces us to compromise Our soul, our minds, our eyes Yet take heed from the clouds comes sun From tattered soil a vine is spun Snatched from defeat, victory won From a mother’s womb a beautiful son Reply fred schueler September 15, 2021 The fossil industry flaunts its stuff And cries “We cannot fart enough!” How very much do I despise The tyranny of fear and lies? Reply Susan Jarvis Bryant September 15, 2021 How Very Much… How very much do I despise The tyranny of fear and lies – The baiting, grating grind of hate; The jarring, sparring, slating spate Of venom spewed to demonize? I ache for cruelty’s swift demise; Oh how I fret and agonize – How very much. The day will come to exorcise The demons keen to terrorize. Each fiend will meet the foulest fate. I hear the creak of heaven’s gate. Oh how I long for love’s sky-highs – How very much. Above It All How very much do I despise The tyranny of fear and lies From bullies born to brutalize – Those selfish souls in virtue’s guise Who daunt the heart and haunt the eyes And turn their backs on helpless cries? My heart is crushed. My hope is slim. I’m minus verve. I’ve lost my vim. The sun’s gone out. The stars are dim. Tomorrow’s looking reaper-grim. I long to tear brutes limb from limb… Instead I kneel and pray to Him. Reply Mike Bryant September 15, 2021 I’m blaming Exxon, blaming Shell But I am BUYING oil as well. I drive my car and use my phone, From these sins I shall not atone. How very much I do despise Hypocrisy, stoked fear and lies! Reply James A. Tweedie September 15, 2021 How very much do I despise The tyranny of fear and lies That spins reality and tries To pull the wool over my eyes Attempting to deceive me. When wolves pretend they’re sheep-allies And try to catch me by surprise By twisting words so I’ll surmise That lies are truth and truth are lies Such things do sore aggrieve me. When every apparatchik cries That Uncle Sam and apple pies And every Stars and Stripes that flies Are racist symbols in disguise; I won’t be fooled, believe me. When CCP and Facebook spies And mainstream media devise A plan for me to compromise My faith and conscience to be “wise,” I wish that they would leave me. So as I cross this Bridge of Sighs And though they threaten, terrorize And censor when I criticize I’ll keep my eyes fixed on the prize Till tyranny meets its demise And freedom, liberty arise To rescue and relieve me. Reply Paul Freeman September 15, 2021 How very much do I despise The tyranny of fear and lies? The answer is to trust your eyes and common sense, not theorise and make up stuff to get a rise and earn that fifteen-minute’s prize. Reply D.G. Rowe September 15, 2021 How very much do I despise The tyranny of fear and lies. The puke, the piss, the stench of it, The false pretence of their remit. The ease of which they make their din With smiles wrought of porcelain. The puke, the piss, the stench of it, The witless fools that fall for it. Reply Mike Bryant September 15, 2021 Talk about tyranny, fear and lies… that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Unless you’d like to keep the lies… Trust your common sense and trust your eyes: https://rumble.com/vlwish-dr.-bryan-ardis-reopen-america-tour-grand-rapids-mi.html It’s only about 18 minutes long. You owe it to yourself and your loved ones. Reply Sally Cook September 15, 2021 We once were proud and adamant And made mistakes. I do admit To that, but still we had our drive, Our pride and courage kept us live And lithe; on course. It’s all we had Our lives were sparse, but we were glad To live in blessed harmony, For most part happy. We could see Some better ways, and took to them Beneath our country’s diadem. Then one by one our freedoms fell That crack within the Liberty Bell Foretold this time, when no one knows Where poison oak or red rose grows How very much do I despise The tyranny of fear and lies? Reply Martin Rizley September 16, 2021 Very poignant reflection contrasting times past with times present. I had never thought of the crack in the liberty bell as “prophetic” of trouble ahead due to internal weaknesses in the “metal” of our national life. I find it providentially fascinating that a bell associated with our nation’s founding and named “Liberty” would have a crack in it– a testimony to the fragile nature of freedom in this fallen world, especially political freedom forged from the metal alloy known as “e pluribus unum.” Reply Alex S. September 15, 2021 How very much do I despise The tyranny of fear and lies? For if the king doth have no spize I say unto him, you are my prize. The people of far and yonder, mustn’t have to walk and wander, For if the king doth tell no lies, I speak unto you, he is our prize. Though such a man is not alive, The man that stands there is a lie. He will not sing a lullaby, He says he will not let his people die. I wish our king was not a die That rolled and rolled and made me cry, I wish our king was but a god, A king that lifted all this fog. Reply Rohini September 15, 2021 How very much do I despise The tyranny of fear and lies, A carapace of news that’s fake Now shrouds the truth make no mistake That it’s the law, you realise That’s swathed in words that seem so wise. The many pundits, they advise We check and countercheck the cries, We research data, check the facts See where pixels mix don’t match. But it’s so hard to analyse Give up! Give in to fear and lies. Life’s so much easier on the eyes With false eyelashes, wigs, and dyes Why bother with the truth, a blend Of fact and fiction serves the end. It’s then that you will realise There’s naught to fear in all the lies. Reply Martin Rizley September 15, 2021 How very much do I despise The tyranny of fear and lies; For lies, like slithering snakes can wind Around men´s thoughts and choke the mind. Like deadly vipers, lies can sink Their fangs in brains that used to think, And by their poison paralyze The wits of those who once were wise. Lies cast a blinding pall of smoke On sleeping souls who think they´re “woke,” Who, filled with fierce fanatic zeal, Mistake mere hype for what is real. But just as bad, if truth be told, Are fears that in their firm grasp hold Once valiant souls like iron chains; For fear, from brave hearts, courage drains. Fear mows men down like withering blades Of grass, and makes them pale shades, Mere echoes of their former selves, Discarded shoes on dusty shelves. For all whose hearts to fear are wed Turn into zombies, pale, undead, Who´ve lost all vigor, vim and fight As victims to fear´s vampire bite. That vicious bite turns him who´s bitten From lion into craven kitten. A ghost too spooked to scare a mouse, Who can´t say “boo” or haunt a house. Now fear is falsehood´s thuggish twin, Who helps his clever sibling win Dominion over people´s lives, By treating them like battered wives. Thus, fear and falsehood help each other To stay on top of those they smother; By threats and fraud and many a ruse, They hold men hostage to abuse. . How sad to see men grow so dense When lies and fear kill common sense; To fight these tyrants, here´s the key– From fear and lies, the truth sets free! Reply Robert James Liguori September 15, 2021 How very much do I despise The tyranny of fear and lies? The same as which I do loathe, A system that disrespects love and hope. It’s what is under the hood , That is no good; Secret societies Of fears and lies. Though what’s in the air, Needs no repair… Let us fix a system that is broke, For this love and hope. Reply David Watt September 16, 2021 Best Intentions How very much I do despise The tyranny of fear and lies That from the mouths of zealots rise. The experts have no bona fides And skin as thick as hippo hides, Yet still they act as expert guides Of mask and jab, much more besides. Let’s face the fact that man should be As God intended; wise and free, Not cowed in fear, made blind to see, And silenced should they disagree. Reply Joe Tessitore September 16, 2021 What an incredible group of writers this is, and what an honor it is to be one of you. Reply Jack DesBois September 16, 2021 How very much do I despise The tyranny of fear and lies? The dove will tell you with her sighs, And wise old raven with his cries– So heed, before the croaking dies. Reply Patricia Redfern September 18, 2021 How very much I do despise, The tyranny of fear and lies. That throws us at each others throats. Like rabid, heartless billy-goats. A stench-filled world, where morality no longer exists. The only things honored are thugs and fists. Where you are censored, if you do not follow the crowd. With their hooves they will stomp you, If you dare sing your own song Where jackasses on TV, bray everyday. Filling our hearts with hopeless, idiotic dismay. Threats against all freedoms are du jour. As mindless billy goats do cheer and concur. Idiotic mandates are freedom’s foe. From a mindless loon in the White House, an unintelligible schmoe! 9/18/2021 Reply Alexander Ream September 19, 2021 How very much do I despise The tyranny of fear and lies? The south end of a flying rat, From eating jalapenos (fat), He had granola for dessert; Beneath him! illustrates the hurt, That brings my anger and my pain, Which culminates in my disdain. Reply Carol C. September 20, 2021 Loss of liberty is not blatantly monumental. Ease the patriot’s pain. Just make it incremental. Little doses of deception are much easier to sup daintily disguised dictatorship in a China communist cup. How very much do I despise The tyranny of fear and lies! Reply Toshiji Kawagoe September 21, 2021 How very much do I despise The tyranny of fear and lies, Because the Lord abides with me In case when earthly comforts flee. I’ll follow your example too, My Lord, until their plots fall through. Though I have to walk through the pain, I patiently long for your reign. Reply Patricia Redfern September 22, 2021 Beautiful! I loved your last line…it shimmers with hope in the Lord! Thank you. Thank you. Reply Toshiji Kawagoe October 1, 2021 Dear Patricia, Thank you for your comment! I’m very glad to know that we could share our christian hope each other through my little poem. “Let light shine out of darkness” (2 Cor. 4:6), I believe that our God continuously tell us so when we walk in the darkness. matthew October 2, 2021 How very much do I despise The tyranny of fear and lies? forced to look through blind mens eyes asked find hope in a hay stack my brothers knife still in my back to let you feed me lies, jaw a slack took my soul yet call me free take my labor and murder me rather dead, then sans liberty Reply Mia October 4, 2021 A Haiku To submit or not, Tyranny of fear and lies, Skating on thin ice. Reply Mia October 4, 2021 Some how sent this on its own too- seems that to submit or not has a mind of its own! Reply Mia October 4, 2021 Two Haiku to submit or not, tyranny of fear and lies, skating on thin ice. delicate snowflakes glide blanketing the world with ice, stalagmites stand tall Reply Ravi Choks October 9, 2021 How very much do I despise The tyranny of fear and lies Yet I do fall under its guise And tbose times my soul e’er slow dies Reply Mia October 9, 2021 I really like this. I love your couplet it works perfectly with the one given, result, a short poem with a big impact. 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.