An Encounter

A Confederate soldier, a Red Army soldier,
A Taliban cleric and a liberal walked into a
Bar on Mott Street, where the Archangel
Gabriel was tending bar, making a piña colada;

Holding up his hand in greeting, the Archangel
Spake: “Thine eyes tell you that five fingers are
Forthwith displayed; if The New York Times said
That there were, in fact, four, how many fingers

Would I hold in my hand, five or four?” The
Confederate soldier, the Red Army soldier, and
The Taliban cleric immediately answered “Five,”
But the liberal would not, thereby slaying the

Lamb, and thusly uttered “Four;” and that was
How the faux-leftist came to disavow objective
Truth, kneeling before the demon of idolatry,
And banishing forever the blood-red dawning.

David Penner has taught English and ESL within the City University of New York and at Fordham. His articles on politics and health care have appeared in CounterPunch, Dissident Voice, Dr. Linda and KevinMD; while his poetry has been published with Dissident Voice. Also a photographer, he is the author of three books: Faces of Manhattan Island, Faces of The New Economy, and Manhattan Pairs. He can be reached at: 321davidadam@gmail. Read other articles by David.