Jeff Gangwer

Rookie - 274 Points (September 23,1984 / Hood River, Oregon)

Words That Offend - Poem by Jeff Gangwer

Ah, yes,
Words that offend—
Words that turn round faces into sour masses—
The eyes widening in the skulls—

Sounds from mouths—
Sounds that move and slip through the air—
Waves and vibrations—
Just enough to send mothers into conniption fits

Words that offend—
Slurs like "bootlip, " "Buddhahead, " or "taco bender"—
"Porch monkey, " "nip, " or "wetback"—
Terms that sound more comical than hurtful

Words like "minorities"—
A word more offensive than "n*****s, " "japs, " or "beaners"—
A word more offensive than "c**t, " with its sharp C, N, and T—
Words that offend simply because they don't appear in the biblical text

The words of the common man—
The vulgar man, wholly in his element—
The sailor at sea, the big rig driver on the road, the laborer at the site—
The people from Ohio, Massachusetts, and New Jersey

Facial farts from verbal diarrhea


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Poem Submitted: Monday, July 7, 2014

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