Tony Mangan

I grew up in New York state during that time when people were proud of our great country, its flag, and possessed an abiding faith that God kept watch over us all. My father passed away when I was three months old, and as a result, my family was of very modest means. Higher education was not on my horizon. Along with my two sisters, it followed that we shared the profound blessing to have grown up in a matriarchal household. My mother was one of those strong women you hear about from those times who worked in a munitions factory during the war and held a second job as the cashier in a movie theater. Mother taught us core lessons in ethics, values and behavior. I took an interest in changing politics at about fifteen or sixteen and railed against the growing trends toward disrespect for all that we cherished. From that time, I took an interest in poetry and have attempted to use it to vent my frustration and dismay at the onslaught of disregard for America that has plagued us for decades. As I approach my eightieth birthday, I can’t think of anything more rewarding than to keep on keeping on.

Most Recent Articles by Tony Mangan:

The Road to Skedaddle

Jan 20, 2019 — Tony Mangan

Tony Mangan and Bella
Tony Mangan and Bella

I bought me a saddle on which to skedaddle,
But I hadn’t a horse to put under.

I could hear the herd comin’ and see the herd goin’
And their hooves were a beatin’ like thunder.

And, that sound seemed to say “Cowboy, step away,
‘Cause if you stand in this road, you’ll go under.”

So, with nowhere to go and an oncomin’ snow,
I holed up with my dreams and my saddle.

You know, the one that I bought while having the thought
‘Bout gettin’ on up an skedaddle.

Well, spring finally came and we suffered some rain
And everything greened up real fine.


Jan 10, 2019 — Tony Mangan

The media has become a circus
A group that knows just how to work us,
They’re slanting the news any way that they chose.
They decide how it goes, win? Or lose?

When they like all the story’s participants
They soft-pedal the damaging incidents.
They whitewash the worst and make their point first.
Trusting we will accept in obedience.

Democrat’s Liberal Socialist Party

Jan 6, 2019 — Tony Mangan

Democrat’s Liberal Socialist Party

The Socialist American, perhaps a liberal too.
In case you are American, this creature can’t be you!
They have no care of Constitution, freedom’s just a word,
God Bless America, is just a phrase – the eagle just a bird.