a rondeau

It’s coming back! The tyrants tack
From tongues that twist and hearts that lack
An honest song. It’s on the news—
Cruel rules for fools who suck up schmooze
That oozes from each yakking quack.

Wolves paid to scare and sneer then snack
On swindled sheep they steer off track
Will ply their sly and wily ruse–
It’s coming back…

The scam that caused sane brains to crack—
The wacky gag and jab attack—
The plot that banned the right to choose
A shot or not—no shot, then lose
Your liberty. That fascist flak—
It’s coming back!



Just Unjust

Just until we say all’s fine,
Just until we say all’s well.
Just step up… just get in line…
Just lock down… just for a spell…

Just until you’ve got the shot…
Just until you’ve got the second…
Just until you’ve got the lot…
It’s a lot more than you reckoned.

Just so you can go to school…
Just so you can go to work
Stick like glue to every rule—
Just muzzle up, you poxy jerk!

To simply be–to just exist—
Just don’t resist our iron fist.



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.

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35 Responses

  1. Brian A. Yapko

    Both splendid poems, Susan, with a special shout-out for the hilarious titles! Covidiocy is a splendid covidiomatic term which I will long remember. And the double meaning of Just Unjust gave me pause.

    I had no idea we were facing a new round of covid panic — that fascist flak, I assume, relates to a new strain? Yawn. There will always be a new strain just like there will always be a new flu, new summer blockbusters, new fashions and new things to panic over. It really would be nice if the powers that be would move on rather than continually trying to milk this thing for everything it’s worth.

    • Susan Jarvis Bryant

      Brian, thank you! I only wish I could claim I came up with the title ‘covidiocy’ – I stole it from the term ‘covidiots’ used by the MSM and ignorant militants on a mission to describe people refusing to lockdown, mask up, shut up and get the jab…. and turned it around. Surely the only strain of covidiots left are those still believing all the fakery pushed down our throats by a money-grabbing, murderous cabal… this shameful scam could never work a second time around… could it?! I know… I know… here we go again!

  2. Norma Pain

    Susan, thank you for these two splendid poems that point out the cruelty of our governments/bureaucracies and their never-ending milking of the taxpayers’ purses. If only more people would wake up and just say “NO”.

    These two poems will surely get through to some people who are willing to search for truthful information instead of only listening to what we are being fed by mainstream media.

    • Susan Jarvis Bryant

      Norma, thank you very much for your spot-on observation. The key to beating tyranny is that one word – NO! If all those sick to the back teeth of living on their knees stood up, I’m certain it would make a whole lot of difference. Bow down again and the burden of kowtowing will get bigger and heavier until we’re crushed under the weight of full-on oppression.

  3. Joseph S. Salemi

    I have two friends who are MDs. They have told me, in no uncertain terms, that the new Covidiocy is nothing but pure bullshit, and is designed for no other purpose but to enrich Big Pharma, and to give the government more leverage over the population as we go into an election year. The American medical establishment is now a propaganda arm of the Democrat Party. Most doctors are well aware of it, but are afraid to speak out publicly.

    Susan, these two poems (especially the first) really kick ass, as we say in Noo Yawk.

    • Susan Jarvis Bryant

      Joe, it’s sad we’ve reached this point… the point where (unless you’ve been living under a rock with blinkers and headphones on) you know exactly what’s going on… and choose to turn a fearful blind eye on the harm inflicted on the multitudes.

      This year I had the privilege of attending the “Halt Hospital Homicide” rally in San Antonio organized by the Former Feds Group Freedom Foundation partnered with the C19 Widows and Widowers for Justice, and the Never Alone Project. I listened to doctors, nurses, lawyers, and all those brave souls standing up for murdered loved ones fight for justice with words I’ll never forget. If a fraction of society was as brave as these courageous souls, we wouldn’t be in the horrific mess we’re in now. I’ve come to the point where I simply have to choose the side in history that I champion… regardless of the consequences. The truth matters – and a “kick ass” delivery of poetic sincerity is my aim. Thank you for your words of encouragement – they mean a lot!

    • Susan Jarvis Bryant

      Time to speak out, James! I know you’ve done this poetically and effectively in HellWard and StairWell – and I thank you for that.

  4. Phil S. Rogers

    100% on target Susan. Let us hope there is a lot of resistance here in Texas.

    • Susan Jarvis Bryant

      Thank you, Phil, and yes, I too hope that there’s one helluva lot of resistance here in Texas… I know plenty of local Texans who feel just like we do. I believe the lockdowns were designed to make us believe that we were alone in our skepticism… they isolated and gagged people to stop them airing their views. We now know exactly what the authorities did, and it really is our own fault if we don’t say NO right now. We’ll feel the full force of the iron fist if we continue to comply… we owe it to our children and our grandchildren not to.

  5. Cynthia Erlandson

    You express these important points beautifully, Susan! And the rondeau form is exactly appropriate for a subject that is “coming back”!

    • Susan Jarvis Bryant

      Cynthia, thank you very much indeed. I adore poetry… and you’re right, the rondeau is the perfect form to highlight important words. Let’s hope these words get a few more people to say NO this time around.

  6. robert zimmerman

    Hi Susan,

    “Covidiocy” arouses all the bad memories of the first time around. Because our country has become somewhat insane, I believe we can expect the same behavior particularly from the political class. For them it is not about sickness, it’s about control. Your vivid descriptions speak loudly.

    “Just Unjust” displays a spectacular use of repetition. The use of repetition in prose doesn’t usually fly, but the proper use of it in poetry soars. Your wordsmithing in this poem is outstanding.

    Well done, yet again. I appreciate your use of satire and justified criticism in each of these two works. Great job!


    • Susan Jarvis Bryant

      Hello Robert. It’s always great to hear from you and I agree with every point you make. It is about control… anyone thinking it was about “care” the first time around can now see it most certainly wasn’t. I believe the world is begging for a bit of hard-hitting satire at this present moment in time… and I simply cannot help my pen veering in that direction in spite of all the draconian doomsters trying shut me down. In fact, they spur me on! Robert, thank you for your appreciation of my poetry – I’m over the moon you approve.

    • Susan Jarvis Bryant

      Gigi, first and foremost poetry is about entertainment, and I am thrilled you enjoyed this line… I had huge fun writing it! Thank you for your lovely comment.

  7. Julian D. Woodruff

    100% Susan–so, on target. On line 3 in the last verse of the rondeau:
    The liberal cant,
    A unanimous chant:
    The right to choose we must
    Discriminatingly confess.
    A two-faced stance is just:
    Vaccines–no, but abortion–yes.

    • Susan Jarvis Bryant

      Julian, thank you very much! I always revel in your rhythmic, rapturous, and wise takes on my poems, and this one is spot-on! The stench of hypocrisy rising from your well-woven lines is overwhelming!

  8. Roy Eugene Peterson

    “Just don’t resist our iron fist” is a perfect summation of the predicament we have faced in the past and likely will in the near future. The comingling of fascist and communist practices and approaches should scare us all. Our present hope is on God and the Supreme Court, but those hopes are the precise targets of the leftist attacks. You continue to do the world great service with your expository poetic masterpieces. If only the world would read them understand and take action.

    • Susan Jarvis Bryant

      Roy, thank you very much for this appreciative, supportive, and encouraging comment… I share the same dream as you – if only the world would read our poetic wakeup calls and say No! I am an optimist… and stranger things have happened. I live in hope.

  9. Lannie David Brockstein

    Dear Susan,

    Your poems here are witty and cleverly written. So why do their speakers hardly ever or never directly criticize Big Pharma, when it is Big Pharma that is responsible for the very things those speakers have rightfully so criticized?

    Is it not Big Pharma that is responsible for having prescribed gender confusion drugs to developing children for the purpose of further disrupting their hormones, when it was probably Big Pharma’s endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) that polluted their city’s water supply, which thereby disrupted their hormones in the first place?

    “A sex change phenomenon in fish suggests there is something in the water”: https://news.mongabay.com/2016/04/a-sex-change-phenomenon-in-fish-suggests-there-is-something-in-the-water/

    Is it not Big Pharma that is responsible for having performed so many abortions that for several decades the birth rate of every Western country has seriously declined, whereby the only way that Western countries can nowadays achieve population growth is by increasing immigration to the point where each Western country no longer predominantly has its native culture in its largest cities?

    Is it not Big Pharma that is responsible for having harvested the organs of the Falun Gong and Uyghur?

    Is it not Big Pharma that is, by far, the largest buyer of advertising space from the mainstream media and Big Tech social media platforms, along with its being one of the largest, if not the largest, financial donors to schools, universities, politicians, and political parties, whereby it has demanded they propagate a cancel culture that demonizes anybody who dares to criticize Big Pharma’s junk-medicine and junk-food products?

    During the past few years, did we not witness Big Pharma having performed a hostile takeover of society? Is it not Big Pharma that is nowadays once again trying to further solidify its hostile takeover of society—as the speakers in your poems on this page have criticized, but without their also having mentioned the elephant in the room: that Big Pharma is the main villain on Earth in this major story line?

    Is there even one major story line that doesn’t have Big Pharma as its main villain on Earth?

    Why is Big Pharma almost always or always being given a free pass by the speakers in your poems? Do they have a conflict of interest that is influencing them to refrain from doing so?

    Susan, these questions are not only for you; they are also for everybody else who has contributed their content to the SCP, whereby the speakers in their poems also rightly so criticize what Big Pharma is responsible for, but with those speakers also hardly ever or never criticizing Big Pharma as the main villain on Earth in the poem’s story line.

    From Lannie.

    P.S. As you mentioned your grandchildren in the comments section of one of your other poems, I hope for you and Mike to consider installing top-notch water filtration for all of the plumbing in the home of your grandchildren, if their home does not yet feature that. If their city’s water supply isn’t polluted with Big Pharma’s EDCs, or if Big Pharma’s EDCs are not the physical cause of gender confusion in developing children, then at least their home will have proper water filtration that protects them from other pollutants.

    • Susan Jarvis Bryant

      Lannie, thank you very much this. I hear everything you’re saying and agree. Please know, I have never forgotten Big Pharma’s role in this evil. I am known for calling them out in the past – three examples are listed below:


      I have also called them out in my latest- the “we” and the “they” are all those colluding to bring the Western world down. They are all greedy dictators. Anyone that doesn’t know that when Big Pharma sponsors the news, freedom of speech has been hijacked, will never know the truth… because they willfully refuse to acknowledge it.

      The point is, Big Pharma would NEVER be allowed to get away with this if our global dictators weren’t aiding and abetting… they are so financially tied to the pharmaceutical industry, Big Pharma are running the show at the government’s behest just as every corrupt, sickeningly rich business now is. That’s precisely why I mention Fascism. The people have lost their businesses and their voice to the fat cats tied in with the government making money from the people. The people are growing poorer while the rich are growing richer… by design. Those buying these tyrants’ constant pledges of equality aren’t the hardworking people trying with all the might they can muster to put increasingly expensive dinners on the table.

      Where the water is concerned, I hear you… and we have done just that! Thank you, Lannie.

    • Mike Bryant

      Lannie, I agree that Big Pharma has blood on its hands, but they are not the only ones. Was Big Pharma responsible for the medical experiments carried out under the Nazis? Is Big Pharma responsible for the crimes carried out by the Chinese Communist Party? Let’s face it… crimes are carried out by the criminals with the big guns. Ike made a speech warning about the Military Industrial Complex in his farewell speech. What most people don’t know is that Ike also warned about the scientifictechnological elite.

      “Today, the solitary inventor, tinkering in his shop, has been overshadowed by task forces of scientists in laboratories and testing fields. In the same fashion, the free university, historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced a revolution in the conduct of research. Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity. For every old blackboard there are now hundreds of new electronic computers.
      The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present
      and is gravely to be regarded. Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientifictechnological elite.
      It is the task of statesmanship to mold, to balance, and to integrate these and other forces, new and old, within the principles of our democratic system — ever aiming toward the supreme goals of our free society.”

      The United States has abandoned any thoughts of a free society. THE Science has been captured by the ruling elite. It’s not just Big Pharma that has been captured… it is Big Everything… Pharma, Meteorology, Environment, Medicine, Agriculture, Entertainment, the Mockingbird Media… anything that will put a dollar in their pocket. all run by our dear leaders in every branch of government and in every party.
      Ike tried to warn us… but there was too much money to be made. They’ve already cleaned us out – now they’re working on our great-great- grandchildren.

  10. David Paul Behrens

    I certainly agree with the criticisms about Big Pharma presented on this page. Instead of spending billions on advertising, they should save that money and reduce the prices on prescription drugs.

    Susan, I always enjoy reading your poetry. I like your style.

    • Susan Jarvis Bryant

      David, I’m thrilled you like my style… and, I agree with you wholeheartedly on the Big Pharma reduction-of-prescription-drugs front… but then, there would be no dire health emergencies and the fat cats running the medical industry would get too lean for their liking. See how cynical I’ve become. LOL

  11. Joseph S. Salemi

    I have a very intelligent and widely-read friend with extensive experience in several business fields. His firm opinion is that major corporations and international banks are behind everything that happens today, and are the driving force behind our cultural degradation and our loss of freedoms. He also believes that they orchestrate the absurd Punch-and-Judy shows of left versus right, socialist versus capitalist, conservative versus liberal, and traditionalist versus counter-culturalist — all of which are designed to keep the population in a perpetual state of controversy and bickering. They generally favor the left in these arguments, because the left almost always provides them with more leeway to destroy inconvenient traditions and customs.

    It’s not just Big Pharma. It’s Big Everything. These massive and world-encircling entities want power and money, and they will do anything to get these things. Nothing else matters to them.

    The biggest crime of the 19th century was the invention of the limited liability corporation.

    • Susan Jarvis Bryant

      Joe, this really is the harsh reality of our situation in the Western world today. I was going to ask if your friends thought there was any hope of turning this wicked mess around… but I’m not sure I want to see the answer written in plain black and white… grey areas are where I prefer to tread these dire days.

  12. Warren Bonham

    Very well crafted as always. You’ve certainly done your part to help people wake up but I’m not very confident that we have reached critical mass yet. Thanks for what you’re doing to help in that regard!

    • Susan Jarvis Bryant

      Warren, thank you so much for your comment… and what on earth is taking people who don’t benefit financially from this ridiculousness so long to see the skullduggery afoot?

      • Joseph S. Salemi

        They aren’t concerned with financial benefits. They desperately want to be recognized as loyal vassals to the governing elite, and will do or say or obey anything to ratify that desired status.

      • Susan Jarvis Bryant

        Joe, how sick and how sad. If being “loyal vassals to the governing elite” means championing the inhumane… I’m glad I’m not reaching for tarnished stars in a world gone awry… thank goodness the desire to be a loyal vassal has eluded me.

  13. Margaret Coats

    Susan, thanks for taking up this tiresome topic once again, and I’m sorry to think it will not be the last time this kind of idiocy needs sharp replies. While Lannie and Mike and Joe are correct that it comes down from Big Everything, the Biggies could not accomplish anything without thousands of little slaves who do not benefit financially but hope to please their masters. AND ONCE THE COVIDIOT INFECTION GETS INTO A GROUP, it stays until the last members of the group can be shamed or shaken out of it. I am not participating in a major choral festival because the musicians’ union (who can no longer demand gag and jab for the audience) still clings to the idea that vax documentation is needed for singers, although everyone knows the vax itself cannot and does not prevent disease or transmission of it. The union would be more logical to tell concerned members who have not yet had covid to stay home until they get it and recover from it.

  14. Susan Jarvis Bryant

    Margaret, thank you for reading my poems and commenting on their content. For the most part, I agree with you and I’m sad and appalled to hear of the draconian measures taken by the musicians’ union. It’s a pity each individual chorist isn’t standing up and refusing to sing if these unethical rules are implemented. It’s time for everyone to stand against tyranny. Surely there is more at stake than entertainment here.

    As for the subject being “tedious” – I refuse to be defeated by tedium. Mike and I have dear friends who have been murdered during the long and tedious haul by Covid protocols, and friends who have been severely damaged and killed by the so-called “vaccine”… I’m sure the powers that be would love it, but I’ll never be beaten down by tedium.

  15. David Whippman

    Thanks for these timely warnings, Susan. My hope is that too many people have wised up to what a disaster the lockdowns were, for them to be repeated. Let’s hope I am right!


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