Portrait of Paul Revere by Copley‘What Did Paul Revere?’ and Other Poetry by Joe Tessitore The Society October 10, 2021 Covid-19, Culture, Humor, Poetry 8 Comments . What Did Paul Revere? Listen, my children, and shed a tear, Because everything that he held dear Did vanish in the blink of an eye And banished, those who dared to defy The Bill of Lies of the Reign of Fear— Listen, my children, and draw ye near. Neither guillotine nor hangman’s noose— Their weapon of choice, a gruesome juice Injected into our nation’s arm, By those who swore they would cause no harm And then stood aside and watched her die— Listen, my children, and for her cry. Listen, my children, the end is nigh And so to your country, say goodbye. No trumpets sound and no banners wave As they toss her into an unmarked grave. And now that there’s nowhere left to run, The nightmare, children, has just begun. So what can we say did old Paul revere? After years of deceit, it’s no longer clear. . . Could We? They tell us what to do and we obey. They tell us what to think and what to say. They tell us when to sit and where to stand. Our hearts beat to the sound of their command. And if, some day, they should no longer be, Then could we, by their absence, become free? . . A Nursery Rhyme The farmer in the dell, He died and ain’t it swell? He wouldn’t wear a mask And so he went to hell. But neither was he keen, On taking the vaccine. They called the CDC Who made him quarantine. The farmer was upset, So he won’t soon forget To do what Fauci tells him to— On that, friend, you can bet. . . Joe Tessitore is a retired New York City resident and poet. 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 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. 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) 8 Responses Wayne H Frazier October 10, 2021 Joe, you are pretty good alright! Reply Yael October 10, 2021 This is every bit as entertaining as the Babylon Bee, thanks! Reply Andrew Benson Brown October 10, 2021 These made me laugh, thanks! Reply C.B. Anderson October 11, 2021 The words of these poems are deceptively simple, but line after line they strengthen and develop the main ideas each poem embodies. What we have here, in other words, is thematic coherence, though many of the lines defy any regular scansion. Reply Paul Freeman October 12, 2021 Is it me, or does Paul Revere look like a young Jack Black? Reply Mary Gardner October 12, 2021 Mr. Joe, I enjoyed these. “Could We?” can be sung to “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35.” Reply Margaret Coats October 12, 2021 Joe, this is a good group, from which the Paul Revere poem stands out in fierce power. Not only is it structured in battle array, but you’ve planted bombs of historical allusion, such as those to the Bill of Rights and the Reign of Terror. And it appears just as our nation’s armed forces are under threat from their own superiors. Some of the “children” among them are brave and lucid enough to recall what Paul Revere held dear. Reply Joe Tessitore October 12, 2021 Thanks Margaret, it’s always good to hear from you, and thank you all very much. 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.