Edmund V. Strolis


The Thought Police - Poem by Edmund V. Strolis

Words can tantalize and thrill
Words can tranquilize and bore
Roots of knowledge and wisdom
Dusty panes of ignorance

They can be lofty without the lift
They can be costly on loose lips
They are always background noise
They prod, advertise and annoy

Incite a riot in mock indignation
Ignorance born in mental stagnation
Create a sea of uncertainty
Justify a social calamity
Open eyes or censure thought

In an ocean of syllables we drown
Noisy cluttered world of sound
We huddle around a familiar voice
Pretending that we own the choice

Amaze me if you think you can
Rhyme your way to oblivion
Your words a cultural charade
Word juggling clowns on parade

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

To all the people that believe that the first amendment is optional and carry a mental list of words that they use to censure opinion and push their beliefs on others....practicing selective outrage when convenient. One sure way to get me to use a word is to decide for me what is and what is not acceptable.

Comments about The Thought Police by Edmund V. Strolis

  • Kelly Kurt (11/30/2015 1:30:00 AM)


    I think we all agree that FIRE! in a crowded theater is a crime, but any other censure of words because of political, religious or personal sensibilities, is a crime as well. (Report) Reply

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  • Rajnish Manga (11/29/2015 9:08:00 PM)


    An amazing tribute to the words we employ to express our thoughts and feelings arising out of umpteen situations. The role of thought police needs to be curtailed. Thanks. I quote:
    Open eyes or censure thought
    Your words a cultural charade
    Word juggling clowns on parade
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  • Pamela Sinicrope (11/29/2015 8:24:00 PM)


    Edmund, great poem! I really like that last two poems you've posted recently...there's something in your writing that's seems different. I'm not sure...The structure of the writing is much more specific and to the point of your theme. I like this....although I do like the other writing too; just noticing the change in the style. The first two lines of this poem are excellent....drew me in...and they did make me think of a carnival barker of sorts. I LOVED the final stanza. This is a very upbeat and positive way of promoting the first amendment and to me it also seems like a call to action or challenge for other poets. Well done! :) (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, November 29, 2015



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