. On the Extradition of Julian Assange The fiends who wield the power here on earth (The ones who gag our speech to gain control) Are shouting out just what the truth is worth By extraditing this heroic soul. For outing scarlet hand and darkest deed, The honest will be made to bow and bleed. This man exposed the wrong our rulers knew--- The damning stains of crimes our czars denied. He aired the proof for you and me to view--- The proof that those who stole our trust had lied. He’s bound to dwell in hell beneath the stars--- Tyrants lock the truth behind cold bars. This brave, emboldened soul should be set free. He risked his all---his liberty and life To warn us of the wiles of tyranny Before his tongue was sliced by evil’s knife. This journalist has made the world aware That slaughterers of truth are never fair. . . Susan Jarvis Bryant has poetry published on Lighten Up Online, Snakeskin, Light, Sparks of Calliope, and Expansive Poetry Online. She also has poetry published in TRINACRIA, Beth Houston’s Extreme Formal Poems anthology, and in Openings (anthologies of poems by Open University Poets in the UK). Susan is the winner of the 2020 International SCP Poetry Competition, and has been nominated for the 2022 Pushcart Prize.