DANIEL FINNERAN

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On Revolts and Revolutions: 18th-Century France and Modern China

Louis XVI: C’est une grande révolte!  La Rochefoucault-Liancourt: Non, Sire, c’est une grande révolution. Upon learning of the fall of the Bastille in the summer of 1789, Louis XVI—the hapless (and soon to be headless) French king against whom popular opinion in the country had long since turned—responded with one of the great understatements of …

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Lines Written To And Beneath A Full Moon, 18 March 2022 (1)

Lines Written To And Beneath A Full Moon, 18 March 2022 (1) White milky ball of alabaster glow Shining borrowed light (2) on the world below;In your brilliance bathing sweet silent dreamsRippling, at a glance, the tides at their seams. Chaste (3) quiet sovereign, nature thy subject broodEnthralled by your beauty, by your strength subdued. …

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Off We Go!–To WWIII, Led by Biden’s Inarticulacy– A Political Poem

Two Saviors In Two Weeks: First Obama, and Now Christ Returns – A Political Poem So said the man who knows not what he says: Cherish the hours, for short are the days‘Till you soldiers of American fameWill be deployed to the heart of Ukraine! “You’ll see when you’re there”, said he to the crowd. …

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Full of Faux Sincerity, Lacking (all) Intelligibility, Kamala Harris Can’t Speak – A Political Poem

Two Saviors In Two Weeks: First Obama, and Now Christ Returns – A Political Poem Of Trump ‘tis said he lacks proper grammar;Of Biden, he suffers an inborn stammer. With his words, the first is carelessly loose—Committing great crimes of verbal abuse. And I don’t just mean insults at foes launchedLanding on Rosie O’Donnell’s large …

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The “Don’t Say Gay” Bill, Poeticized – A Political Poem

Two Saviors In Two Weeks: First Obama, and Now Christ Returns – A Political Poem From the incorrigible yet inimitable mind of Eugene Erigena–a man better born than reared. Eclipsed is the sun in the sunshine stateDarkened by clouds of conservative hateWhich haunt the land like a joyless specter,Draining the fruit of its orange nectar; …

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Two Saviors In Two Weeks: First Obama, and Now Christ Returns – A Political Poem

Two Saviors In Two Weeks: First Obama, and Now Christ Returns – A Political Poem A contribution from Eugene Erigena, by whose shameless inelegance, I’m frankly appalled. So soon! The month of April has arrived;How swift the seasonal pace is contrivedTo pass—yielding cruel winter to soft spring,For whose balmy advent, the angels singAn ethereal song …

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Ketanji Brown-Jackson, Our New Justice Supreme

Ketanji Brown-Jackson, Our New Justice Supreme The tree of government is triply branched, In three portions split, in three segments tranched: Nearest the root is where Congress is housed(Of whose brainless bugs, it should be deloused!) The branch Executive, next in esteemIs led by a dotard whom we must deemDiminished—If the case be made quite …

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Twitter has tweeted, whose board has now spoken: Musk owns the site, and all the world’s broken.

Twitter has tweeted, whose board has now spoken: Musk owns the site, and all the world’s broken. In the halcyon days of 2006(When, as I recall, fewer hereticsRoamed the earth), a bold company was conceived,In whose potential, everyone believed.It billed itself as the new public square,A place of untamed and unfettered air;A place, ‘round which, …

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