Frank C. Modica

Frank C Modica is a retired teacher who taught children with special needs for over 34 years.  His writing is animated by interests in history, geography, and sociology. Frank’s short story “Homemade” was selected as an Honorable Mention in the Midway Journal 2017 -1000 Below Flash Prose and Poetry contest. His poem “Rainbow Bus” was the 2017 Champaign-Urbana Metropolitan Transit District  Poem Contest winner and was featured on all the local buses for a month. His work has appeared in Slab, Black Heart Magazine, The Tishman Review, Crab Fat Literary Magazine, and FewerThan500.


History Repeats Itself


after Martin Niemoller


I clapped when they came

for the whistleblower because 

he was selling out America, 

poisoning patriotic American minds.


I cheered when they came

for the Democrats in Congress

because they hate America

and they want to take away my guns.


I raised a Budweiser toast when they came 

for the RINOs in the heartland of the country

because they all were secret Democrats

and going to hell anyway.


I waved my MAGA hat after I mildly 

questioned the China trade tariffs

but they came for me anyway. 

There was no one left to speak for me.