Still Champion

by flammeusgladius

Still Champion

 

 

(in memoriam Charlie Rice, d. 25 February 2015)

 

 

When everyone was all for compromise–
which meant, of course, the easiest surrender–
he saw the truth with never-flinching eyes
and stood as life’s unwearying defender.
In that ring, he was more than mere contender.
He sent opponents to the canvas fast.
His energies were vast — and, cheerful spender,
He labored hard, yet managed still to last.
And is his advocacy in the past?
Of course not. From the realm where Beatrice
gazed down on troubled Dante, unharassed
by all our vain distractions, he will miss
no opportunity to intervene.
Dread ought to fill the pro-abortion scene.

 

 

–Tom Riley