Written for: dVerse Poets, “Je Suis Charlie”
When it comes to poetry – how fearless are you about what you write?
Are you careful not to step on anyone’s toes?
What is your benchmark for respect?
What’s your reaction if you read someone’s poetry and think they’re crossing a line? Will you tell them in the comments? Will you get angry and leave?
What are your thoughts when it comes to freedom of speech?
I write from heart and gut
about myself and my passions.
Religion and politics are taboo
for me to discuss
in public or online.
For those who feel
a deep religious pull,
there is still freedom
of speech. Resulting
poems can be lovely
If a blatant attack on
any group of people
is couched within
verse, hurt and anger
will surface. Continued
writing in this bent
would prompt me to seek
out the host of a particular
site, and ask for intervention.
When writing online, I am conscious
to never hurt anyone intentionally.
However, if I were penning an op-ed piece,
I would be true to my thoughts and feelings.
Comedy may also come from
heart and gut. It is a prized
freedom. With comedy comes release,
like loosening a belt
or kicking off your shoes.
Where would we be
without our individual
senses of humor?