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by PaulAnthony 

Posted: 10 November 2004
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Freedom of speech is today on the edge
of a precipice of darkness.
Held there by a few brave hearts
and far fewer brave words.
Painters, men, destroyed where it once had been books.
Right wing think tanks that donít think,
Religious fanatics without care,
care of anything but a strangely viewed
God. Some God.
A voice of dissent is quieter now,
both individually and internationally.
Too much to risk, too much to lose.
Left hanging awaiting the slightest push.
1984. Orwellian nightmare tenfold.
The dark ages returned, inquisitions.
War is looming, not over oil, not over land.
Free speech and democracy are at risk
From zealots and fools. Bigots and power hungry men in suits.

Speak now or forever lose thy tongue.

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Tuppence at 09:30 on 10 November 2004  Report this post
strong stuff babe i have nightmares about iraq so i try 2 write lighter stuff at mo yep fag & ciggy lighter lol

roovacrag at 14:01 on 10 November 2004  Report this post
Paul..powerful piece and one that needs to be said often till the message gets across.

Well done.

xx Alice

PaulAnthony at 14:10 on 10 November 2004  Report this post
Thsnk you both for your comments. I appreciate the time you take to read them

The Walrus at 12:53 on 11 November 2004  Report this post
A universal message which for me transcends politics and religion.

A strong and clear message with a powerful/punchy last line.

Enjoyed it.

The Walrus

PaulAnthony at 13:16 on 11 November 2004  Report this post
Thanks Walrus. Indeed it is not just about either religon or politics, these are just the two that currently impact most on our lives in my opinion.

Okkervil at 10:14 on 12 November 2004  Report this post
Yeah, powerful, and brilliantly written... I think it's some guy in Trafalgar square with a sandwich board and the voice of Jack Hawkins.
I loved the last line, though shouldn't 'of' be 'or'?

PaulAnthony at 10:29 on 12 November 2004  Report this post
Okkervil. Thanks for the comments.

And thanks it should be 'or'

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