To Thornin Myside

Your understanding of your free expression

your loudly cherished First Amendment right,

means that you will not make the least concession

to courteous restraint---however slight.

Like constipation, or rusty spout,

your verbal standard is "Just get it out,

"and let them 'tater chips fall where they may.

"Who cares how public statements might betray

"decorum or friendship?"---long as you have your say.

As long as your words are freely displayed,

jackbooted, trumpeted, in some parade---

without consideration of effect,

without the wisdom of human discretion,

you speak your piece, a puppet on a string,

an imitation of innkeepering,

whose soul is most abysmally abject.




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