Guest poem sent in by Zenobia Driver
This poem by Auden is one of the nicest put-downs I have read. I'd love to say this to a few people, except that they wouldn't even understand what I was saying. -Zenobia Martin adds: The poem's title refers to the Communist invasion of Czechoslovakia in August 1968, to quash Dubcek's nascent series of reforms. See http://www.rferl.org/nca/features/1998/08/F.RUhtml for more background on the invasion. Auden's Ogre was a (fairly transparent) symbol of Stalin and his forces, but, as Zenobia observes, the type is common even today.