"The Massacre of the Innocents" by Angelo ViscontiWhat Is ‘Pro-Choice’? and Other Poetry by Joshua C. Frank The Society June 13, 2022 Culture, Humor, Limerick, Poetry 12 Comments . What Is “Pro-Choice”? If my child were sent to die, Be chopped to pieces like a pig, To spare him death, I’d plead and beg, __His life with mine to buy. Yet pregnant moms demand their “rights” To chop their children in their wombs In hit-men’s bright and sterile rooms, __As if they’re parasites. To liberals, if a pregnant woman Wants the baby, it’s her child. If not, it’s vermin, it’s reviled; __It somehow isn’t human. To you who call yourselves “pro-choice:” Your unborn victims have no voice. . . God’s Way And My Way I thought I could cheat the system And fight all the rules and resist ’em, But God has His way At the end of the day; Now I’ve too many problems to list ’em! . . Joshua C. Frank works in the field of statistics and lives near Austin, Texas. 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Frank June 15, 2022 Thank you Cynthia! Reply Brian Yapko June 13, 2022 Both very fine poems, Joshua. God’s Way is short, sweet and makes a good point about spiritual corner-cutting. It reminds me of the old expression “Man plans and God laughs.” But it’s your “Pro-Choice” poem that’s the stand-out. I can’t imagine a stranger subject for a sonnet but you use the form to great effect and you are absolutely fearless in your choice of words and imagery. It’s in-your-face memorable and your boldness allows you to succeed admirably in being a voice for the voiceless. Reply Joshua C. Frank June 15, 2022 Brian, thank you so much for that review! I’m so glad you like them. One question, though: does it still count as a sonnet if it’s not in iambic pentameter, and doesn’t have the “Volta” structure or any of the accepted classical sonnet rhyme schemes (Petrarchan, Shakespearean, Spenserian)? I guess that would make it more of a “sonnet variant” (named by analogy to chess variants). Reply Margaret Coats June 14, 2022 The limerick is a very good one, but “What is ‘Pro-Choice'” is a superb, straightforward look at a situation where language has been abused to vainly try and disguise the known horror. Reply Joshua C. Frank June 15, 2022 Margaret, well said! That was exactly my intent. I don’t even like that the word “abortion” is used instead of “killing,” just as I don’t like the phrase “ethnic cleansing” for genocide. Reply Susan Jarvis Bryant June 14, 2022 “What Is “Pro-Choice”? is one helluva hard-hitting piece and should be read far and wide. Every stanza is a powerful slap in the face for all those who have grown indifferent to or have no idea of the horrors of abortion. It deals with the plain, cold truth – the truth many of these young women, coerced into making this heartbreaking decision, don’t hear. “God’s Way And My Way” is a wise smile of a limerick. I love it! Both poems are very well done indeed! Reply Joshua C. Frank June 15, 2022 Susan, thank you so much for your review! It means so much from such a talented poet as yourself. Your description is, dare I say, as powerful as the poem itself! I agree that it should be read far and wide… maybe we should all spread it far and wide, get as many eyeballs on it as possible, and tell the readers to do the same? That would be an interesting idea… 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. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.