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Freedom of Speech!!!

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Balladeer
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0 posted 06-24-2005 08:52 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer


Hey, I got freedom of speech, you know?
The Constitution tells me so!
Anything I want to write
I claim as my God-given right.
No one can give me any lip
Or I will scream out CENSORSHIP!
'Cause I got freedom of speech, you know?
The Constitution tells me so.

Cut off my hands I'll use my toes.
If they decide to cut off those
I'll use my mouth to hold the pen
And write my thoughts down once again.
They come to sew my two lips shut?
I'll shove a pencil up my butt
And wiggle out my words of wit
Even if they smell a bit!

No one can censor what I write
Unless they want a bloody fight.
This man has got the right to choose
Whatever words I want to use
And I demand that you respect
Whatever topic I select
'Cause I got freedom of speech, you know?
The Constitution tells me so.

So I wrote down some verses mean
And sent them to a magazine.
"Print these!", I said, "..and don't delay.
I'll check the pages every day.
Don't try to tell me that you can't
Unless you want to hear me rant
'Cause I got freedom of speech, you know?
The founding fathers tell me so!"

"Yeah, you got freedom of speech", they said
"..and you can have your poems read.
Hand them out as birthday treats,
Pass them out on city streets,
Nail them to poles and trees,
Have them carried by the breeze,
Get a billboard ten feet high
So folks can read them passing by..."

"But these cruel lines will not be seen
By readers of this magazine.
We have the right to pick and choose
Things we'll accept or just refuse.
Write what you want but don't expect
Our owner granting you respect.
We have the right to tell you no
The Constitution tells us so."

So I went to the Daily News,
Screamed, "Print this now and don't refuse!!!"
"I want it on a feature page!!
Don't make me throw a fit of rage.
I buy your paper every day,
The customer should have his way
'Cause I got freedom of speech, you know?
The Constitution tells me so!"

The Daily News called me insane
And said their rules were very plain.
No foul-mouth, racial words of rage
Would ever grace a single page.
Although I have the right to write it
They had the right to not highlight it.
I need to find a way to strip
Them of their rules of censorship!

So then I formed a protest group,
Called up the News, said, "Here's the scoop!
You have to print out our demands
And how we suffer at your hands.
We'll call you all four-letter names
And ridicule your foolish games.
You'll print it all - you have no choice.
The Bill of Rights protects our voice!"

So did they do it? Not a chance.
We got a swift kick in the pants.
It just ain't fair, this travesty
Of constitutionality.
We have the right to write, no doubt,
But we can't make them print it out!!
We only have one final bet,
We'll try it on the internet!!!!
© Copyright 2005 Michael Mack - All Rights Reserved
Seymour Tabin
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1 posted 06-24-2005 09:06 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Balladeer
Only you could write this. You are my hero.
passing shadows
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2 posted 06-24-2005 09:13 PM       View Profile for passing shadows   Email passing shadows   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for passing shadows

YES!! Bravo!!
Enchantress
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3 posted 06-24-2005 09:29 PM       View Profile for Enchantress   Email Enchantress   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Enchantress

Only you 'Deer....amazing write!!

~Somewhere in my heart I'm always
dancing with you in the summer rain~

Kurai Kumo
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4 posted 06-24-2005 09:31 PM       View Profile for Kurai Kumo   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kurai Kumo

Finally someone says it. Good job write more and more!

Be honest to someone's words cause, in the end they will be honest to yours.

Sunshine
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5 posted 06-24-2005 09:34 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

There's the burr...

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6 posted 06-24-2005 09:39 PM       View Profile for timothysangel1973   Email timothysangel1973   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit timothysangel1973's Home Page   View IP for timothysangel1973

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I bow to the master

This was awesome Deer

Thanks for sharing
Balladeer
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7 posted 06-24-2005 10:12 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Sy..."friend" is good enough for me.

Thank you, dixie!

Enchantress...What can I say? It's a curse! Thank you!

Kurai..tell my muse! Glad you enjoyed...

Sunshine...you saddled?

Tima...You are always so kind....thank you, m'lady
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8 posted 06-25-2005 01:09 AM       View Profile for Alicat   Email Alicat   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alicat

Classic, Balladeer!  I really enjoyed this tongue-in-cheek pique, which often happens when some learn freedoms aren't free and that rights have consequences.  I absolutely love the look on their faces when realization dawns.

Well done, and a sardonic fun read!
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9 posted 06-25-2005 07:25 AM       View Profile for Marsha   Email Marsha   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marsha's Home Page   View IP for Marsha

'Deer darling man, OH wow, now that is just classic Balladeer, and I loved it, absolutely loved it. I only popped in to see something in the archives, and what do I find? YOU, gracing the page with a prize gem, truly magnificent.

The only thing wrong with living in the country is that you have to take your chance on getting access to the Internet so I can read delight, otherwise its almost delightful.

Anyway thanks for enlivening my morning, this is purr-fect pleasure

Love and warm mushy stuff
as always
Mushy
loveya:


Tomorrow is another day I don't know what it holds
but I can face the future with courage brave and bold

Footprints In My Heart
Kethry
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10 posted 06-25-2005 07:56 AM       View Profile for latearrival   Email latearrival   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for latearrival

As they said, only you could have written this.You are one terrific word master. your fan, martyjo
nakdthoughts
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11 posted 06-25-2005 08:07 AM       View Profile for nakdthoughts   Email nakdthoughts   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for nakdthoughts

  so true  Michael...and an absolutely "You Write"  like no one else can

and thanks for the smile
M
MARK V SHELDON
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12 posted 06-25-2005 09:36 AM       View Profile for MARK V SHELDON   Email MARK V SHELDON   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit MARK V SHELDON's Home Page   View IP for MARK V SHELDON

A masterful ironic satire, but would we really have it any other way...?  Here's to speaking one's mind but remaining respectful to others...  Good to read you again.

-MVS

You CAN make a difference, but first you should learn how: http://educate-yourself.org/intro.shtml
Earth Angel
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13 posted 06-25-2005 11:01 AM       View Profile for Earth Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Earth Angel's Home Page   View IP for Earth Angel

Deer, I admire yer balls, 'n spunk, 'n wit, 'n tenacity, 'n forthrightness, 'n yer speakin' freely, yer talent ~ and yer sense of hoomah! You rock! ~ and so does this poem!



Thank you for ticklin' my bone of funny!

Hugs with love,
Linda
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14 posted 06-25-2005 08:20 PM       View Profile for Titia Geertman   Email Titia Geertman   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Titia Geertman's Home Page   View IP for Titia Geertman

All that's written above dear lad
Could've only been written by you I said
Your humor and your sparkling wit
Enlighten my days I must admit
And just before I hit the sack
You made me smiling big dear Mack
I'm proud to've known you in the flesh
You've caused my memories to refresh
It's been three years since then my friend
Time is flying, don't know where it went
But the get-to-gether in Florida's sun
I'll never forget the laughs and fun
Made friends for life, I'm sure of that
I count you one, dear Balladeer lad
I hope you'll never stop writing your rhyme
And that we all meet again some time

Titia

Like scattered leaves...my words will flow

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15 posted 06-25-2005 08:44 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Alicat...thank you! Since our senses of humor sprout from the same plant, if you like it I done good!

MUSHY!!! As I live and breathe heavily,,,you're back!!!

Marty Jo...thank you for that high praise

Maureen..a smile makes your face a sight to behold. Glad I could supply one...

MARK...really good to see you here again. Thanks for picking out the important part of the poem..

Earth Angel...I've waited so very long for someone to admire my hoomah! My prayers have been answered

Titia...friends for life indeed...and you can bet your last knuffel we'll do it all again or my name ain't....hopeful! Thank you, my dutchie

JamesMichael
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16 posted 06-26-2005 12:49 AM       View Profile for JamesMichael   Email JamesMichael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JamesMichael

Nice writing...James
iliana
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17 posted 06-26-2005 12:55 AM       View Profile for iliana   Email iliana   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for iliana

Bravo, Balladeer!  Need to start a blog!  
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18 posted 06-27-2005 09:37 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

I get your point and I agree
But there's one thing I'd love to see -
That wiggled wit must be some show...
Please tell us that there's video????
LeeJ
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No one can censor what I write
Unless they want a bloody fight.
This man has got the right to choose
Whatever words I want to use
And I demand that you respect
Whatever topic I select
'Cause I got freedom of speech, you know?
The Constitution tells me so.


YOU GO!  and thank you for the pick me up right...hehe
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20 posted 06-27-2005 10:33 AM       View Profile for Pilgrimage   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Pilgrimage

Enjoyed this one.

Nan (Pilgrim variety)

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21 posted 06-27-2005 11:45 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

James....I thank you.

Iliana...I can see it now - The Blog of Balladeer!

suthern... A video? Well, I can see
.          just where your thoughts are going.
.          Actually, i DO have one
.          If you'd like a private showing!

Lee J...my pleasure!

Thank you, Nan!
Sunshine
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22 posted 01-30-2010 11:05 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

I chose the archive word of the day as "select"....

and this was one of them.

Write on!
 
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