R.M. Engelhardt at Restaurant Navona

The Half-Dead Poet Review: December 2020


Where Do We Go From Here?


So there’s not much I have to say.

it’s over.

At least for the time being. And we’ve all been through hell & back, some worse than others. Covid-19 and the end of an era, the administration of an insane, childish lunatic President who has destroyed much of what our society has built, fixed over the last fifty years.

But if you’re reading this?

You survived. I’m glad, I’m happy for you.
You’ve made it through the rain. And for those of you who have lost friends and loved ones? You have all my prayers and condolences. I’m very sorry for your loss. I wish there was more I could do or say. But there isn’t.

If the last four years of Trump’s reign as well as hate, protests and racism and the insanity and issues he created and caused for America wasn’t already enough this last year of 2020 was a fucking void. A hellmouth that almost sucked us all in. To all those who fought back and opposed him? Voted against him? You should be rewarded. And to all those who supported this sociopath? In my own opinion simply put you can all go into that hellmouth that he created because you are a blind racist idiot who belongs there. But this article you’re reading isn’t all about good vs. evil or philosophy. It’s not even about poetry. It’s about us. Us. Human beings. Real humanity. The good people and why we must not let our guards down ever again. And what do we need to do to keep racists, unbalanced United States citizens and self centered politicians at bay and out of office?

One Word:


Another ?


A very wise friend of mine recently sent me some uplifting words from author Mary Shelley which I thought I would share.

“The Beginning Is Always Today”

And he’s right.
She’s right.

But how do we move forward and get past this year? We believe. And we hold onto that simple belief or the faith that remains within us and that keeps us moving forward.
And that faith does not have to be of one religion or one creed but a promise which you make with yourself to never surrender and to never give up. I think it’s Jim Butcher, the author of the Dresden Files who says it best.

“But there were some things I belleved in. Some things I had faith in. And faith isn’t about perfect attendance to services, or how much money you put on the little plate. It isn’t about going skyclad to the Holy Rites, or meditating each day upon the divine. Faith is about what you do. It’s about aspiring to be better and nobler and kinder than you are. It’s about making sacrifices for the good of others – even when there’s not going to be anyone telling you what a hero you are.”

~ Jim Butcher



A New Year.
A New Beginning.

That’s what we have and in some cases maybe all we have left. Change the world or perhaps recover and find a new one. Best to you and your families.