Here is a slightly revised version of “Give us Barabbas!” after receiving some feedback from other poets. It’s now also a sonnet!

When reason and truth have both gone astray,

Political correctness rules the day.

When everyone lies without compunction,

Time for societal extreme unction.

Rules of discourse, now a Gordian knot,

Yet breaking them will incite a boycott.

“Never upset me” is the law of the land,

You know “a house divided can not stand.”

“Don’t speak your mind with thoughts undesired,

Without a doubt we will all get you fired.”

When others’ thoughts have been laid to rest,

It seems your ideas must now be addressed.

You’re top of the heap, then the crowd doth spew:

“Give us Barabbas!” and then comes for you.