Stanley Cooper

Rookie - 20 Points (August 4th,1926 / New York City)

Doublespeak Poem by Stanley Cooper

A euphemism is a verbal tool
Masking grief as acceptably cool
This vocal contrivance, succinctly euphemistic
Glosses over facts distressfully realistic

Observe, when a dear one dies
Rather then say it, we belie and deny
To proclaim he's dead is not easy to say
We euphemistically voice, 'He's passed away'

'He's met his maker', 'He's walked the plank'
Confronting his death is too hurtfully frank
'He's at peace now', or 'at journey's end'
For mourners, less painful to comprehend

Politicians, whizzes at double-speak
Euphemistically cheer us when things appear bleak
'Collateral Damage' a phrase they employ
Describes a bomb killing an innocent boy

The loss of life is more easily faced
When the reality of death, these words have erased
The truth and the facts, are bent out of shape
Attempting euphemistically from grief to escape

Submitted: Monday, November 14, 2005
Listen to this poem:

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.


Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Doublespeak by Stanley Cooper )

  • Rookie - 0 Points G. Murdock (12/12/2005 5:40:00 PM)

    Well said and cleverly rhymed. This topic reminds me of George Carlin but George didn't say this in a lyrical frame. Good schemes and good command of a difficult form. (Report) Reply

Read all 1 comments »

Famous Poems

  1. Phenomenal Woman
    Maya Angelou
  2. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  3. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  4. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  5. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  6. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  7. Caged Bird
    Maya Angelou
  8. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  9. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  10. A Dream Within A Dream
    Edgar Allan Poe
Trending Poets
Trending Poems
  1. .....If Love Were Like Water (best love .., Charles Wiles
  2. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  3. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  4. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  5. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  6. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  7. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  8. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
  9. If, Rudyard Kipling
  10. Caged Bird, Maya Angelou
[Hata Bildir]