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Comment from sandramitchell
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You are so right, Marilyn, we should think before we put pen to paper. Once it has been said, or written, it is hard to take it back- the damage is done. And many wars start that way. But, it is a hard thing not to apply a knee jerk reaction to group of terrorists, who seem to kill for the sheer pleasure of doing so. Talking a problem away, is far better than killing.

Your words are good and I agree. xsx sandra

 Comment Written 12-Jan-2015


reply by the author on 12-Jan-2015
    Hi Sandra. You and I agree that talking a problem away is better. However, do you think islamic terrorists are talkers? As my first poem, "Eiffel Tower Went Dark," points out:
    "Nations don't respect a cringing coward
    Pandering to appease makes each a pawn
    While danger increases as time goes on
    If goodness flinches we'll live to dread
    And humanity will cease in years ahead"

    The threat of ISIS has been steadily building for years and years and no one has concocted a plan to stop them because people in U.S. were screaming they wanted U.S. out of the middle east--so we're out except for a small amount of troops which doesn't amount to a hill of beans. Obama ignored his military advisers who warned, "fight them there or fight them here." To late to fight them there now.
Comment from Dean Kuch
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I for one don't like it one bit when hatred is directed at me, Marilyn. Hate...it is such an ugly, vulgar sounding word, so appropriate as to what it implies. While I would never arm myself to the teeth and go around shooting people for belittling, vicious remarks, it doesn't mean that I wouldn't like to retaliate in some way.

Well done. I get where you're coming from. :)

~Dean

 Comment Written 12-Jan-2015


reply by the author on 12-Jan-2015
    Thank you, Dean. My first poem, "Eiffel Tower Went Dark," and this one go hand in hand. The first one is for creative people to speak out as creatives have done throughout the ages. This second piece, "Is It Wise," is the flip side of the coin which begs the question--just because we can--should we, is it wise? I think self-monitoring of inflammatory/vulgar language (not opposing views--but pure vileness for sensationalism) is prudent. Frankly, I blame the so-called leaders for their hesitancy not to have gotten together and nipped radical islam terrorism in the bud. We're in for some tough times, I fear. Marilyn/BeasPeas
reply by Dean Kuch on 12-Jan-2015
    I couldn't agree with you more, Marilyn. Tough times ahead for certain.

    You're very welcome, my friend. :)
Comment from ProSongwriter
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Hi marilyn ...

excellent write! Self-censorship is such a difficult and daunting task. We know what we'd like to say, but should we? Should we always say exactly what's on our minds when we write? probably not always. To inflame for the pure sake of revenge or to intentionally hurt most often isn't a wise choice.

Your poem gives us serious matters to consider when we sit and take pen in hand. Caution is a good co-pilot!

Very, very good advice here!

Alan

 Comment Written 11-Jan-2015


reply by the author on 11-Jan-2015
    Hi Alan. Thank you for your supportive review and comments which I am happy to receive. My poem refers primarily to the incident in Paris as well as other vile remarks concerning a myriad of topics in the news. I'm not for censorship, but self-monitoring is prudent. Marilyn/BeasPeas
reply by ProSongwriter on 11-Jan-2015
    You are welcome! And we fully agree!

    Alan
Comment from granny goes viral
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I totally understand your POV. Tonight we had a candlelight vigil, and yes, we had people with this POV, which I can understand. But we all agreed, no one should be murdered for speaking their mind.

 Comment Written 11-Jan-2015


reply by the author on 11-Jan-2015
    Sheila, we are going to be murdered whether we speak our mind or not if ISIS has it's way. News tonight said U.S. is on high alert due to a 9-minute tape received to randomly kill people. Urgent responsible leadership of nations is required and we do not have it. By the time these doddering idiots get around to forming a plan it will be too late to pull one together. No censorship, but self-monitoring of ourselves is the prudent thing to do. It goes back to "don't yell fire in a crowded theater." Why push the envelope to insult with vulgarity. It's not necessary. As always, I appreciate your review. Marilyn/BeasPeas
reply by granny goes viral on 11-Jan-2015
    Ah dear writer friend, I do so wish we, who I feel are obligated to use our gift of creativity for good or to inform, had more fun subjects to fool around with. I have so much more fun writing my funny stuff. Myself, well, I guess I do not see any point in "trashing" another person. I just write my own truth.
reply by the author on 11-Jan-2015
    I think that's what we all do and I'm all for that.
Comment from Father Flaps
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Hi Marilyn
I think what it boils down to is "what sells magazines?".
I like the part about poking a stick at a coiled snake. Good image. Good metaphor. The Bible teaches us to love our enemies, not antagonize them. It's unfortunate that Charlie came "under fire". But it was their risk. There's a lot of hatred in the world today. How are we going to stop it?
I especially like,
"If we poke a snake
knowing it will coil to strike
Should we? Is it wise?"
Nicely penned!
cheers
Kimbob

 Comment Written 11-Jan-2015


reply by the author on 11-Jan-2015
    Thank you, Kimbob. As always, I appreciate so much your kind and astute review. Marilyn/BeasPeas
Comment from adewpearl
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Your stanzas are all in good 5/7/5 form with good use of optional rhyming
You state your opinion with conviction
effective use of poking a coiled snake imagery
good use of questions to engage the reader
Brooke

 Comment Written 11-Jan-2015


reply by the author on 11-Jan-2015
    Thank you, Brooke, for reviewing my second poem on this topic. (I think you have reviewed the first one entitled, "Eiffel Tower Went Dark," in which I strongly believe nations and so-called leaders must unite against islamic terrorism.) Although I don't feel censorship is warranted, I do think creative people must self-monitor their work so as not to inflame unnecessarily. Marilyn/BeasPeas
Comment from rosehill (Wendy)
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Hi Marilyn,
I was off on vacation for a couple of weeks, no internet, then returned for a week's worth of the creeping crud and no energy. Finally opening my overflowing message box to read and review and delighted at finding you there. I love your piece and couldn't agree more. Censorship in general is wrong, but a bit of self-censorship goes a long way towards maintaining open discussion and the interchange of ideas. People don't respond well when threatened, and when it comes to Islam, there is no tolerance for any perceived slight - the snake will strike from one direction or another. I love true satire, but when it is coarse or abrasive to the very soul of a group or their beliefs, people should always give a second and third think to the "pleasure" gained from being naughty. Just because you can is never good enough. Your verse is succinct and takes direct aim to create a thought provoking read. - Wendy

 Comment Written 11-Jan-2015


reply by the author on 11-Jan-2015
    Thank you, Wendy, and welcome back. I hope your vacation was enjoyable (and I'm sure it was). I agree 100% that self-monitoring censorship would go a long way to solving our problems--as well as some definite action taken by so-called leadership of all nations to put a stop to this threat. It will continue to the ruin of us all otherwise. Thank you so much for your supportive review.
Comment from RodG
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In the wake of the massacre of satirist journalists in Paris, you have challenged your reader to be prudent and wise in our defense of free speech.
Good metaphor of comparing poking a snake to riling extremists.
Your last stanza could easily stand alone as a senyru.
Rod

 Comment Written 11-Jan-2015


reply by the author on 11-Jan-2015
    Thank you, Rod, for your fine review and comments. My other poem, written the other day (in case you haven't read it) is entitled, "Eiffel Tower Went Dark. In that poem I encourage writers not to be intimidated BUT so-called leaders must unite with other nations to solve this problem. Marilyn/BeasPeas
Comment from bob cullen
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I understand and accept your point of view. As I do the point of view of others, but my questioning arises when those opposed to my views have no tolerance or understanding of my personal views.

I do accept they have the right to criticise, and condemn my thinking and I demand they allow me the right to offer criticism of theirs.

I ?don't deserve to die because they find my views offensive nor do they because I oppose their opinions. Where is that practice of TOLERANCE when we need?

Please forgive my rant

 Comment Written 11-Jan-2015


reply by the author on 11-Jan-2015
    Hi Bob. Thank you for your rant. I'm 100% in your corner and have your POV when it comes to censorship. Kindly read my author's note in association with this poem, as well as poem I wrote the other day entitled, "Eiffel Tower Went Dark." That piece encourages writers/artists to write and create. As creative people, I'm all for questioning our motives when it comes to "self" censorship. I appreciate your review. I think we may be of the same mind on this topic.
Comment from Genya
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I loved the picture and your words speak volumes. We should have rights to free speech I totally agree and I also agree we should not provoke or hurt others by doing so. How do I feel when hate is directed towards me...I know. I've been there. It hurts, it really hurts. It's another form of bullying and I hate any form of bullying as it can only bring power to those trying to control. If we poke a snake knowing it will coil to strike
Should we? Is it wise? These lines say everything. Genya

 Comment Written 11-Jan-2015


reply by the author on 11-Jan-2015
    Thank you, Genya, for your supportive review. My other poem, written the other day entitled, "Eiffel Tower Went Dark," encourages free speech of creative people. This poem goes a step further to encourage self-monitoring, questioning our own motives when writing.