If I could say What I wanted Nobody Would be Very well Pleased With Me I would say Outrageously Honest Things such as "Men are Not and Can never Be women" and "The problem With some people Of a certain Pale persuasion Is that their Expectations Don't jibe With their Reality." And that "A little Inbred Entitlement Is a dangerous Thing" And.... "I should know I did forty five Years of hard time Unlearning That insanity." I would say Luxurious Things such as "I really love Milk and cream And brie And meat But I eat none of It because I dislike Suffering In any form, Yet vegan Cheese Tastes like Sin of the Homemade Variety And never Reeled me In." I would revel In the fact I could say "This is not me" And "I don't want to Because I just Don't" I would say "Can't And Shan't And Won't." I would say Exactly What I mean And when People hurt me Instead of Quietly Sitting and Internalizing I would grasp the Decadent rose By it's deadliest Thorn and say "That is not it And all. That is not it At all." Instead, I suppose I should just be Quiet And obedient And sit in a Sodden Saddened Repose Thinking of all The things I could say and Do if I had not Given up The wild and Angry Ghost.
Love this! That can be our ambition for our dotage: “Can’t
And Won’t. x
Dangerous words, Ruthie! xxx HUG xxx
Social conformity…how we build our own prison cell…another fine verse.
Morning! If I bite my tongue much further I am going to bite it off entirely. It doesn’t suit me and I feel stifled and like a total sell out. Hope you are doing well?
Part of who we are is wild. And angry. We need to be in touch with what’s wrong in the world, and the wild and angry parts help us with that. If we’re all nice about it, what will change? Your verse is incisive and successfully referential to issues and what can be said about the issues (hmm) and language. Earnestly, I’ve told students about what I see as a hit-list of words: whom (gone), shall (going), and (soon) nearly any demonstrative pronoun except that. I shall be sad when they’re all gone (hah). The heat is a little less intense, not the humidity. I hope you’re doing all right with everything.
I am fighting it as much as I can. These problems of censorship and ‘cancelling’ are desperately dangerous. So glad the heat is less awful! Stay chilly!