The Ballad of Sir Ben

By | 2017-06-02T18:30:05+00:00 September 17, 2017|
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To Berkeley rode Shapiro,
Bold knight with banners gay.
(’Twas neither crusade nor jihad—
He rolleth not that way.)

Quite modest his agenda,
Quite mild and orthodox—
Yet what a fuss ensued then! ’Twas
Indeed a paradox.

SJWs accused him
Of most foul blasphemy.
Inquired goodman Shapiro:
“Is my speech, forsooth, not free?”

These bold words unto rage stirred
Many a Berk’ly battle axe—
But all that Antifa managed
Was epic anticlimax.

Meanwhile, interested spectators
(And there were more than just a few)
Were exposed to an exponent
Of a different point of view.

They did not see the Nazi,
Which they thought they’d come to see—
And then smugly, Ben Shapiro
Rode home, from Berkeley.

About the Author:

Joe Long
Joe Long lives in Cayce, South Carolina. He holds a master's degree in history from Georgia College and State University. He has a very patient wife, five homeschooled children, and a job.


  1. frank September 17, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    Love it. Hey Joe Long, when you gonna publish a book of political poetry?

    • Joe Long September 18, 2017 at 6:17 am

      Well, now, that IS a thought, isn’t it?

      • frank September 18, 2017 at 7:57 am

        It certainly is. There should be more thoughtful and insightful philosophical/political/religious poetry in the world. I think your unique brand of verse, and others like Steve Turner, are particularly enjoyable. I dabble a little myself:

        Looking forward to reading more of yours.

        • Joe Long September 18, 2017 at 12:14 pm

          Thanks! Looking forward to checking it out.

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