Treasure Island

Leo Yankevich

(October 30,1961 / Farrell, Pennsylvani)

A Warning to Dissidents


Yes, pretty soon now they’ll be at your door.
They’ve orders and a warrant after all.
It doesn’t matter. You’ll be on the floor,
your wife and children having watched you fall.

Just then you’ll notice fallen scraps and crumbs,
the beauty of your startled wife’s pale feet,
the Celtic Crosses on your daughter’s thumbs,
the food above that you will never eat.

Your thoughts will have become a crimson pond
that flows out of your gagged and bleeding head
until you find yourself afloat, beyond
the reach of billyclubs and flying lead.

Submitted: Monday, March 06, 2006
Edited: Monday, May 30, 2011

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (A Warning to Dissidents by Leo Yankevich )

Enter the verification code :

  • Sandra Conner (11/10/2012 9:01:00 PM)

    So strong and graphic - and so necessary for people to understand. Sometimes the names of the countries change - the identity of the tyrants change - the labels of the deadly doctrine that drives them are spelled differently - but the evil root is the same, as is the end result. We must continue to make the truth known. Thank you. (Report) Reply

  • Cat Tiger (7/9/2009 2:27:00 PM)

    Speaks strongly of the persecution of Christians during the holocausts. (Report) Reply

Read all 5 comments »

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. I'm not insane, Priscilla Rose
  2. Mystic Journey, Elizabeth Melillo
  3. Court of Life, Kolade Seun
  4. Entropic Being., John Lee Williams
  5. What The Tortoise Said, Tony Adah
  6. Forgiveness, Tiger Lily
  7. Stature, Nassy Fesharaki
  8. Twinkle twinkle little star - 6, ramesh rai
  9. Man Overboard, Tiffany Alexis
  10. The World Is Confounded, Tony Adah

Poem of the Day

poet Paul Laurence Dunbar

The mist has left the greening plain,
The dew-drops shine like fairy rain,
The coquette rose awakes again
Her lovely self adorning.

The Wind is hiding in the trees,
...... Read complete »

   

Trending Poems

  1. 04 Tongues Made Of Glass, Shaun Shane
  2. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  3. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  4. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  5. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  6. If, Rudyard Kipling
  7. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  8. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  9. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  10. Alone, Maya Angelou

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]