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What is Good Poetry?

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What is Good Poetry?

What is Good Poetry? 
WHAT! 
How dare you!
Blue blue blue,
I love you

I don’t like sexually explicit language
Or profanity.
WHAT!
This is insanity!

What is good poetry?
WHAT!
Blue blue blue
I love you
I’ll say what I like.
How dare you!

I don’t like occultism
Or vulgarity
WHAT!
Surely poetry is every aspect of humanity!

What is good poetry?
WHAT!
Blue blue blue
I love you
Why gag me.
What’s wrong with you!

I don’t like Personal attacks or battles
WHAT!
My God please set me free from these shackles

What is good poetry?
WHAT!
Blue blue blue
I love you
Please let me speak.
I should be allowed to say what I want to!

Hateful Expressions!
Hateful Expressions!
Hateful Expressions!
How else will I express the fact that:
“I should have killed her!”
I should have!

What is good poetry?
WHAT!
Blue blue blue
I love you
Get out of your cage.
Jesus H Christ surely you have to!

AHHHH RACISM:
I love you more than words can express,
You make my heart wither like a dying rose.


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  1. Date: 4/29/2013 5:45:00 AM
    Nice poem. Poetry is such a great thing. A way everyone can express there thoughts. Thanks for the great writes.

  1. Date: 6/30/2011 3:21:00 PM
    I LOVE THIS POEM...I just wrote one with the same title, not knowing you have done so already. Amazing Always Laura

  1. Date: 1/27/2009 3:40:00 PM
    I really like this one! Hah! the ending is great! Super sentiment. We should practise a spirit of tolerance, and Poets should indeed be allowed to express how they feel, without the fear of judgement. Love Chrisite

  1. Date: 1/27/2009 4:02:00 AM
    You are right. Poetry is humanity and life. I do not like censorship , either! You should be able to say what you want to say and how you choose to express it. Freedom of Speech and tolerance is what a democracy is all about! Good Poem!