. Congratulations and Homage to Giorgia Meloni Italy rises up and overthrows The stench of leftist tyranny at last. Rage among the EU’s pooh-bahs grows— They realize that their heyday is now past. Thwarted will, hurt pride, and disbelief Send quaking scum in Germany and France Into apoplectic fits of grief While journalists resume their scripted dance Of screeching propaganda, libel, lies; Of choreographed whining and deep moans. Italian voters will be demonized In hysteria’s loud and plangent tones. Forget them all, Fratelli—you have won! You buried your opponents at the polls. You’ve got the leftist vermin on the run— You’ve raked the EU on a bed of coals. To Giorgia—you now hold Italia’s reins. Split the cursèd EU’s strangling shackles. Throw off the heavy weight of leftist chains. Do everything you can to raise the hackles Of snotty, pompous bureaucrats who sit In Belgium on fat asses, giving orders. Reject directives from the German shit Who tell us that we must have open borders. Italia is now in your hands. Don’t waver. Ignore all pious counsels of restraint. Fratelli have been voted in to save her— You need a heart that isn’t weak or faint. . . Joseph S. Salemi has published five books of poetry, and his poems, translations and scholarly articles have appeared in over one hundred publications world-wide. He is the editor of the literary magazine TRINACRIA and writes for Expansive Poetry On-line. He teaches in the Department of Humanities at New York University and in the Department of Classical Languages at Hunter College.