Each month Ancient Eagle Press offers a poem appropriate to the season or the mood of our editorial staff. Poems may be new or drawn from existing AEP editions.
COVID polemic is almost endemic
The virus surrounds us and still it confounds us
Deny it or buy it we all just decry it
And gripe about Fauci like COVID’s an ouchie.
We moan about masks and the onerous tasks
Like keeping our distance, at doctors’ insistence.
Our old predilections are like sweet confections
We won’t set aside till the last man has died.
Of course, there are folks who think it’s a hoax,
Who think shots will flay their unique DNA,
Who won’t wear those masks, no matter who asks,
Cause the land of the free means it’s you against me.
A good education has built our great nation
Now prospects are sinking as critical thinking
Has gone out of style from the weight of a pile
Of poop that we see on the Net and TV.
But be of good cheer, hope’s not gone, it’s still here
The pendulum swings, a cleansing it brings.
The anti-vax crowd won’t be cheering so loud
When they win it, my Lord: The Darwin Award.
Well, that was fun! Good riddance, 2021! In the future, when you're taking that cup of kindness for -- as my homie Rabbie Burns (he of Alloway, Scotland) would say -- "auld lang syne", kindly do not include 2021. Moses himself couldn't come up with the panoply of plagues that marked 2021. Just to add insult to injury, the year wrapped up by torching entire towns in Colorado then trying to hide the evidence by bringing on a blizzard. But what's done can't be fixed by carping, so lets look forward. 2022 is ahead of us, with all the potential for a happy and productive year. Vaccines and pills might make it possible to open up society and gather normally again. The only thing standing in our way is ... us. Herewith, the January Poem of the Month.
Poem of the Month
Where Old Fliers Come to Roost
December 2021 -- Shadows
November 2021 -- The Conceit of Immortality
Nov 2019-Oct 2021 -- On Break
October 2019 -- Deck of Lies
September 2019 - In the Surgery
August 2019 - The Cousins
July 2019 -- Chilly
June 2019 -- The Queen of Malvern
April-May 2019 -- India/Bhutan
March 2019 -- Swatting Gnats
February 2019 -- To My Valentines, Past and Future
January 2019 -- I'll Never Say Goodbye
December 2018 -- Grandpa
November 2018 -- Meditation
October 2018 -- Benediction
September 2018 -- Passages
August 2018 -- Feeding the Beast
July 2018 - One Can Have Knowledge...
June 2018 -- The Unsinkable Molly Drown
May 2018 -- Advice to my Grandson
April 2018 -- Awaiting Idunn
March 2018 -- Flight
February 2018 -- Lakesong
January 2018 -- Schrödinger's Cat
December 2017 -- Daybreak
October 2017 -- Night Watch
September 2017 -- The Princess
August 2017 - Pelham
July 2017 -- Siena
June 2017 -- Loyal, Straight, and True
May 2017 -- A Thousand Flowers
April 2017 -- Oboe Rap
March 2017 - March Madness
February 2017 -- The Cost of Doing Business
January 2017 -- Reflection at a Winter Window
December 2016 -- The Creation
November 2016 -- Hemolymph Moon
October 2016 -- Vortex
September 2016 -- Do You?
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