Constitutional Cancer

Americans treat free speech like a crime
and kidnapping or murder like free speech!
A fool who says the wrong thing’s rendered slime,
while those committing murder’s out of reach
of judgement that’s beyond a court of law.
Free speech is subject to the lynching mob
while rapists seem to have a passing flaw.
Though glib remarks can render one a slob,
rape’s a temporary inconvenience.
It leaves the violated girl intact
enough to grant the suspect lenience
by smug interpretations of the act.
A felon’s still a suspect should he rob
somebody, meriting a costly trial.
But those who aren’t PC lose their job,
while self-styled liberals sit back and smile.
And those who piously promote the flap
perhaps would not survive a wiretap.

Frank De Canio was born and bred in New Jersey, and worked in New York for many years. He's been published in Danger, Pleiades, Genie, Write On!, Red Owl, Blue Unicorn, Ship of Fools, and Dissident Voice among others, He loves music from Bach to Amy Winehouse. Shakespeare is his consolation, writing his hobby. As poets, he likes Dylan Thomas, Allen Ginsberg, and Sylvia Plath. He also attends a Café Philo every other week in Lower Manhattan. Read other articles by Frank.