A Shot in the Dark  

“The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the Government, and I’m here to help. ” —Ronald Reagan

The experts push experimental science,
Big Pharma claims to stave off all that ails
While arms are bared in silence and compliance
As leaders swear their healthcare never fails.

And so we tread the jagged edge of serfdom
Enslaved to pricks for now and evermore.
The trail of shots (our holy grail to freedom)
Still conjures questions dogmatists deplore.

Why laud and still applaud this faulty wonder
When hasty stabs at safety have proved lame?
Should trial-and-error terrors of a blunder
Leave shameless pushers free from any blame?

The bigger the inoculation number
The greater hikes in Covid spikes galore,
So why would saintly science strive to lumber
Its worshippers with medicine this poor?

Do boosters bolster antibodies better
Than jabs that didn’t bar the boundless spread,
Or will they be both aider and abettor
To stoking ever-present lockdown dread?

Why should we go and multi-dose our body
When two top shots were clearly second rate?
Why are successful treatments damned as shoddy
Then mocked and met with vitriol and hate?

Why alienate survivors of this illness
When natural immunity is best?
Why are these questions met with scorn and shrillness
When ailing jabs are failing every test?

When despot-driven potions are a turkey
Why would we force them on our healthy kids?
It’s time to lift blind minds from all that’s murky
And see this phony fix has hit the skids.

As tyrants fight the frightful blight from Wuhan,
Now Omicron has left its scariant lair
To shoo us down the righteous road to ruin.
Will we turn back… or meet our nightmares there?



Susan Jarvis Bryant is from Kent, England.  She is now an American citizen living on the coastal plains of Texas.  Susan has poetry published in the UK webzine, Lighten Up On Line, The Daily Mail, and Openings (anthologies of poems by Open University Poets).

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35 Responses

    • Susan Jarvis Bryant

      Thank you very much, Cheryl! It simply had to be said… poetically, of course.

  1. Margaret Coats

    Susan, this is one of your best on the subject. And it seems to be a subject that will be with us forever, even though the dumbest and most compliant safety-seekers are beginning to tire of standing in line “when ailing jabs are failing every test.”

    • Susan Jarvis Bryant

      Margaret, I really appreciate your observations. I am fully aware that this subject is getting tedious and tiresome for some. But, I need to say it. How many times do the ‘experts’ have to change tack before suspicion arises? How many more lockdowns and jabs are we willing to accept before suspicion arises? How many more statistics do we have to read before the penny drops? In December 2020, I wrote “Needled”, and I still have exactly the same questions today but with more knowledge. It is said that knowledge is power… I certainly hope so… we need Herculean power to get us through these dire times. Margaret, thank you for your support.

  2. Paul W Erlandson

    This is so well done, Susan!

    The 2nd stanza is my favourite. I think “jagged edge of serfdom” is marvelous, and really should be used as a book or movie title.

    And following on that, the pun on “prick” is genius.

    Thank you!!

    • Susan Jarvis Bryant

      Paul, thank you very much for your encouraging comment – it’s so encouraging that I’m thinking of using “Jagged Edge of Serfdom” as a title for a poetry book that is bound to be banned before it’s born. My “prick” pun had me grinning… I wondered who would be the first to own up to spotting it. 🙂

  3. Sally Cook

    All of this is so depressing but true. You have been through the worst, but those small children — does anyone think of them? I would like to believe that they do, but see subtexts everywhere. We need a leader who truly sees the light —

    • Susan Jarvis Bryant

      Dear Sally, I know this subject matter is depressing. I also know that being depressed by something could mean turning a blind eye to it in the hope of sunnier scenery. My scenery will be sunnier when the children haven’t got the devil in the guise of an angel “caring” for their welfare. My scenery is always sunnier when I tell people (poetically, of course) what’s going on. The truth is often painful to impart with and to hear. Insulting reactions mean I often suffer for my art, but I’d suffer even more if I remained silent. You are right on the leader front… at the moment, I don’t think there’s a leader on this planet who can guide us through the darkness… perhaps we’ll all wake up soon and walk away from the wicked. Thank you for your take. It’s always greatly appreciated.

  4. Mike Bryant


    The pharmaceutical companies already know of these deaths… do you think that will stop them from jabbing infants and toddlers in the first quarter of 2022?
    Nahhh… billions and billions are at stake. I understand them… they’re greedy. Even more evil than they are, are those who support jabbing children in order to shield themselves from Covid. They are evil cowards.
    More children are dying from the demonic shots than from Covid.

    • D.G. Rowe

      Hallo, Mr Bryant. How do you do, chum.

      Aye, the folks at the daily expose do a fine job of it. Glad you found them.

      May I also point you towards an other organisation in Britain that are of an equally brilliant kind of investigative journalism, they also do, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1pm GMT a live broadcast from a studio (you can find a back catalogue of broadcasts on the website if one misses it live).
      I think you’ll find them very good, they delve into national and international happenings, and the collation of information, documents, and analysis is of a complete A1 quality.

      They are the UK Column.


      • Mike Bryant

        Thanks! D.G.
        I’m looking forward to checking it out. I also like your countryman Paul Homewood.

  5. C.B. Anderson

    Can a poem be chilling and heartwarming at the same time? I guess so. There’s the subject material, and then there’s the writing about it. I’m glad you care about what’s really going on.

    • Susan Jarvis Bryant

      C.B., thank you very much indeed. I really do care… too much sometimes… but, I simply can’t help it.

  6. Mike Bryant

    True journalism is not that difficult to find. I do admit, however, it is much easier to continue watching the BBC and CNN… and thousands of others in the mockingbird media.


    So, turn off the TV and surf the free internet. It will not be free for long unless we continue to seek out the truth.

  7. Brian Yapko

    Susan, this poem is a brilliant analysis of where we have been, where we are and where we are going with governmental responses (both hapless and insidious) to covid and the new variant – omicron? oxymoron? ocomeon? ocromagnon? I don’t even know how to pronounce it. As always, your prosody is a tour de force of brilliantly-placed alliterations, internal rhymes and other poetic devices. What’s particularly good about this poem is the tightrope you walk between cheeky humor and deathly seriousness as you score point after point. I, too, think your “enslaves to pricks” double-entendre is hilarious, but there are so many other linguistic treasures to enjoy: “Do boosters bolster antibodies better” is a great tongue-twister and the phrase “despot-driven potions” is quite memorable. Susan, you have an important message to share and the insight and panache to make many a palpable hit. Never stop.

    • Susan Jarvis Bryant

      Brian, I always appreciate your fine eye and you have spotted all the literary twists and turns I reveled in to get a serious point across. I often think the arts bring us more truth than the ever-blasting news of the day. From here on in, I am going to pronounce ‘Omicron’ “oxymoron” – hilarious! The “moronic” anagram could be the clue that tells us the powers that be are having a laugh at the expense of those who still trust them. I appreciate your acknowledgement of my message and your encouragement to “never stop”. Brian, I couldn’t if I tried!

  8. David Watt

    Susan, your poetic words are a pleasure to read, but the revealed truth is far from pleasant. Those three links provided by Mike in the comments
    demonstrate the evil that the majority are still unwilling to recognize.
    I also note your wholly appropriate use of the new ‘scariant’ word.

    • Susan Jarvis Bryant

      David, your ‘scariant’ poem inspired my scariant line, and I thank you wholeheartedly for your inspiration and your support. I am hoping and praying the Australian government comes to its senses. Sadly, it seems many countries are following suit. I haven’t lost hope… yet! I’m an optimist and hope those that can make a difference will. Take care and know you have two friends in poetry thinking of you and praying for you here in Texas. Stay strong!

      • David Watt

        Thanks so much Susan and Mike. My faith in government and politicians is as low as a lizard’s belly these days. However, like you, I prefer to retain a degree of optimism. I appreciate your friendship in poetry, and assure you of the same.

  9. Yael

    Very well rhymed Susan, as usual. Your poems are always so much fun to read, especially the toe-steppers.
    Santa Klaus will bring you no presents this year and you will be happy.
    Here is an interesting perspective on the topic by someone who challenges the notion that the plandemic response is somehow “experimental”:

    • Susan Jarvis Bryant

      Yael, I always relish receiving a comment from you. Today I’ve learned the wonder of the term “toe-steppers”. I am aware I’ve trodden on more toes than I can count… but, always with the ultimate truth of a matter in mind. This draconian era’s “fact” checkers may beg to differ. Your link is definitely worth thinking about… I am inclined to believed it… watch this space for another hard-hitting toe-stepper.

  10. Daniel Kemper

    Hi Susan! Another treat. I’m glad to see the topic taken on as well. I dug the play on “experts” and “experimental.” I figured CCP would periodically release variants of the former denizens of their labs to keep this going, but perhaps I’m too conspiracy minded as a casualty of all chaos. Covid-4-evah!

    To be fair, I’m told we’re at about 1/2,000 negative reactions to the inoculation vs. 2% mortality rate. But if so, why get the experimental vax’s pushed when the known safe traditional exists?

    Thanks for using the skill of your pen to bring the questions into a sharp light!

    • Susan Jarvis Bryant

      Daniel, great to hear from you and thank you for your appreciation. As far as statistics go – there are plenty out there to choose from and I’m not a figures person… I determine the success of experimental science by the results in countries that are fully vaccinated. Need I say more?

  11. Tamara Beryl Latham

    Susan, you have an uncanny gift for capturing the pulse of America (actually the world). People like to think they have a voice, at least with regard to their own bodies.

    Your poems speak to the very hearts of the American public. Don’t ever stop writing. You are a gifted poet. 🙂


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