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Thought Police

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Thought Police

I'm afraid
So afraid
Of being arrested
By the thought police

Their rules are many
Think this
Think that
Don't diverge from the normal
Stop playing on the street corner of tomorrow
Let sleeping dogs rest
Do not question
Do not burn on passionate bonfires

I watch as they ready their weapons
They display arresting warrants through clouded glass
Fifty shades of bland
Cuffs dangling from bulging belts
Bound in self rightous blunder
They wait outside my door
Screaming bull horns command me to exit my paper freedom
I am blinded by search lights, forced to use my third eye
Fearful of their uniformed presence
How long will they be held at bay?

I hold their preconceptions hostage
They cannot see beyond their script
Trained in the warfare of ignorance 
They say "who are you, to question our authority?"

I answer
"I am the poet
The one who dreams beyond here and now
My words push through yesterday like a plow!
Yet I am gentle like the rain
Equal parts of pleasure and pain
A powerful detergent
I remove ancient stains
With my words I shake the ground
I will not be stopped by another's sound
Arrest me, yet you can't stop what I think
Within my mind I determine what I drink."

The thought police
Turn to another
The writings of our sisters and brothers
They wait, with cuffs in hand
Unable to understand
The few
The many
Who have joined hands
The poets
The thinkers
We take a stand



Inspired by Eileen Ghali's poem "The Hidden Woman"

Catie Lindsay's Heart of the matter contest.

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  1. Date: 2/16/2014 5:58:00 PM
    Many writers have been imprisoned over the years for saying/writing what they think. Strange how authority doesn't like to be questioned ain't it lol. Great write Rick, carry on shaking the ground. Take care, Richard

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/16/2014 7:35:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    So nice having you back Richard. Thanks for this thoughtful visit.
  1. Date: 2/16/2014 5:17:00 PM
    I love it... Very well written... Verlena

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/16/2014 7:36:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Verlena.
  1. Date: 2/16/2014 1:56:00 PM
    An incredible poem. Seeing work like this makes me aspire to be a better writer. Am new to the site and am learning so much with every poem i see. Jan x

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/16/2014 2:24:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    You are very Kind, I will check out your work.
  1. Date: 2/12/2014 3:41:00 PM
    The imagery is very good. I like the description of the thought police. Well written. Best wishes Linda

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/13/2014 7:42:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Linda
  1. Date: 2/11/2014 8:27:00 AM
    A great write and congrats on the win, richard

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/11/2014 10:16:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Dr. Ram.
  1. Date: 2/11/2014 1:15:00 AM
    Congrats Richard for a win well deserved

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/11/2014 6:13:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Kayod5
  1. Date: 2/10/2014 6:13:00 PM
    This is just fantastic for me, Richard. Congratulations on the worthy win.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/10/2014 6:35:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Michael.
  1. Date: 2/10/2014 10:19:00 AM
    Way to go with this awesome winner..Sara

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/10/2014 6:34:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Sara.
  1. Date: 2/10/2014 9:35:00 AM
    Awesome poem, Richard! You really got to the heart of this one. Congratulations on your win in my contest. love and hus, your sis, Catie :)

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/10/2014 9:59:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Sis!
  1. Date: 2/10/2014 4:18:00 AM
    What a thought, 'thought police' wow i'd be locked up lol congratulations Richard xx

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/10/2014 9:59:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Ha ha, me as well!
  1. Date: 2/9/2014 10:18:00 PM
    You did a nice job on this verse, Sir Richard! Glad seeing it on top. Big congrats on your deserving victory!

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/9/2014 10:38:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks AO
    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/9/2014 10:37:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


  1. Date: 2/9/2014 9:39:00 PM
    Congratulations, Richard on your win and on this terrific piece. This is inspired inspiration indeed.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/9/2014 10:37:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks so much.
  1. Date: 2/9/2014 9:10:00 PM
    Ri-chard! Ri-chard! Ri-chard! Can you here the multitude of fans clamoring your name? Terrific verse and a powerful message. I'm going to Fav it (I already Fav Joseph's poem). Congratulations on your top win, Richard!

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/9/2014 10:37:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I am Honored Ruben.
  1. Date: 2/9/2014 7:42:00 PM
    I knew this one was a winner, I was right, congratulation on your win Richard, way to go Monsieur xxx

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/9/2014 8:20:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Rose, this is a pleasant surprise.
  1. Date: 2/9/2014 7:39:00 PM
    What an ingenuous poem of introspection!! And inspired by one of the best!! Congratulations, Richard!!

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/9/2014 8:22:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Yes I agree, she is one of the best. Thanks Carrie.
  1. Date: 2/9/2014 7:26:00 PM
    hey hey hey, look who is tops in this winner circle. WAY to GO, Richard.Congrats for your win.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/9/2014 8:24:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hi Andrea, thanks so much.
  1. Date: 2/9/2014 7:11:00 PM
    Congrats on a great win Richard

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/9/2014 8:25:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks again Joseph.
  1. Date: 2/5/2014 1:52:00 PM
    WOW Richard.... this is Epic... I feel this down to my bones and I agree 100 percent !! So much power in this piece . "I am the poet The one who dreams beyond here and now My words push through yesterday like a plow! Yet I am gentle like the rain Equal parts of pleasure and pain INDEED !

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/5/2014 2:17:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Debbie, I'm pleased you enjoyed my poem.
  1. Date: 1/31/2014 10:21:00 PM
    This is simply a masterpiece, I will certainly show this one to a few friends here, as in Quebec, this is becoming a sad reality! Very GREAT write!

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/1/2014 12:36:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Sorry to hear that. I think to a certain extent that is somewhat true everywhere. I think overall we are still pretty fortunate to live in this country.
  1. Date: 1/27/2014 11:06:00 AM
    Reminiscent of 1984, "Winston", oh, sorry, I mean, "RL"...Hahahahahaha...LOL! Great piece!...enjoyed very much. Robert :-)

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 1/27/2014 12:05:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    You make me smile Robert.
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