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PoetrySoup and Censorship

Sir, I’d gladly renew my subscription to PoetrySoup but on one condition: That your staff, or someone there with a sense of an exaggerated omnipotence stop sabotaging my use of a three letter English noun as common as any found in the history of our vocabulary! The word in question begins with an “a” and ends with a double “s”, by the way, just a helpful hint in case your censor doesn’t confuse it with some other. It’s also a ubiquitous surrogate for one’s back end, rear, or posterior. Its use in all strata of our society is so pervasive in its commonality to object to it is considered peevish – except to the hard nose ultra squeamish. Be that as it may, my chief objection to its banishment from poetic diction, is twofold: first, it’s absurd if not ass- inine to believe that placing two as- teriks for “ss” will prevent the reader from identifying the word or either from sounding it! So what? And besides, does the reader lose his right to vocalize? Now for my second point, and by far more critical, “a**”, when used to jar (or shock) or to bring about loud laughter, especially with its rhyming partner, will leave the reader is dismay, and feel like a deflated French soufflé. (It’s worse than a Fourth of July with no pyrotechnics in a night sky!) Incidently, the “a**” zoologically belongs to the “equus asinus” family. Why, the word even appears in the bible’s, pages, and if God had no scruples to put it there why censure a poet if he includes it in his own poetry? I’d recommend the censor (he or she) at PoetrySoup read all bible passages where the naughty words “a**” or “a**es” appear, though, be warned, without asterisks and the over scrupulous reader risks a fatal stroke or a sullied conscience requiring prayers and forgiveness or, worse still, a thorough repudiation of the bible’s divine inspiration!

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Date: 7/19/2021 11:14:00 AM
I often make an ass of myself with my poetry lol and to me an ass is a donkey so i find it even more hilarious to see stars appearing lol:-) hugs jan xx
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Maurice Rigoler
Date: 7/19/2021 1:19:00 PM
I would like to believe my poem might have some small influence on the censor(s) at PoetrySoup. Thanks for commenting, Jan, and readinf my work. / Maurice
Date: 7/19/2021 10:12:00 AM
Perhaps they would prefer you typed an Emoji? You could earn FOUR STARS by typing "arse"!
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Date: 7/19/2021 9:28:00 AM
Very well said, Maurice. I'm wondering if the censors will read and heed? I agree wholeheartedly. It seems absurd to me to put asterisks where any half-witted fool can figure out the word! Of course, it should be noted, frankly, that I oppose censorship in all of its forms! Poetry is a form of individual expression and censors take away that right. Although it won't be, this poem should be POTD!
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Date: 7/19/2021 7:20:00 AM
Very valid points, Maurice, in poetic form! Blessings, Kim M
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Date: 7/19/2021 6:33:00 AM
Right! Enjoyed! Laughing my asterisk off!
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Maurice Rigoler
Date: 7/19/2021 1:15:00 PM
Love your saying "laughing my **terisk off! Wish I had used it in my poem. / Maurice