Michael Edwards

CORRECTNESS

 

 

CORRECTNESS

(Presented in Senryu Format) 

 

 

Wild of opinion

Perverse, infuriating

Intolerant views.

 

 

Then up pop the prudes:

‘Ooh did you hear what he said?

Ooh you can’t say that!’

 

 

Each word now spoken

Wrapped up tight in bland blankets

Constraining free speech.

 

 

Comments6

  • Goldfinch60

    Free speech is slowly (or rapidly) becoming a thing of the past. We need to be able to say what we mean without wrapping it in so much dross that nobody understands it.

    Another cracking abstract Michael.

    • Michael Edwards

      I do find it all so depressing - words in common usage suddenly are deemed to be PC and can't be used any more for fear of upsetting the self-righteous - we can't even (in some circles) help identify individuals by reference to skin colour. We can't make jokes about some religions and yet others are the constant butt of humour. The worlds gone mad. Thanks Andy.

      • Laura🌻

        Sorry to jump in guys, but I couldn’t resist!
        I wholeheartedly agree with both of you! This PC nonsense is getting ridiculous!

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      • orchidee

        Can't we just 'spit them out' - the words? You pleasing all the people all of the time there?!
        Miss Berles says she will check the syllables.

        • Michael Edwards

          Don't spit at Miss Berles - you might make her lose count.

          • orchidee

            She any relation to Burlington Bertie?

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          • Laura🌻

            Michael,

            That painting is awesome! The combination of colors is mesmerizing!
            As I continue to look at it, I’m pulled in and I want to see beyond the visible! I want to know what’s there! My imagination is going wild!

            I enjoyed your write! Thank you for sharing your opinion about “free speech”!

            ~Laura~

            • Michael Edwards

              I still have this one in the studio where it is hung in landscape format but I think I prefer it in portrait. Thanks Laura

              • Goldfinch60

                Laura,

                I find this happens to me with all of Michael's abstract paintings, there is so much that pulls me into them.

                Andy

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              • BRIAN & ANGELA

                THANKS MICHAEL ~ From the ABSURD to the ABSTRACT and all on a TUESDAY ! Because my mind set is MAORI your abstract again looks like an arial view of the Bay of Islands (NZ) and they did have (like OZ) some heath fires earlier in the year ! I (being a Scouser) always speak my mind and have oft been castigated for it and (once or twice) even regretted it ! Love all your Poetry ~ Yours BRIAN

                • Michael Edwards

                  Oh I've said the wrong thing from time to time -not wuite the same thing but I had a neighbour who only had one arm (a lovely man sadly no longer with us) and I saw him struggling to prune an overgrown hedge. I asked him if he wanted a hand - I could have died when I realised what i had said.

                • dusk arising

                  Read all the comments here (lest i say the wrong thing) and by and large agree. PC has become a joke but.... like a lot of things, they start off being over-stated before they level off into common sense useage. Older folk among us will recall how it used to be difficult to use the word 'black' in UK for a period, even when referring to coffee or birds (feathered) or blackboards etc. The silly period passed and common sense prevails.... lessons were learned though, it wasn't a waste of time.
                  Language is a fluid thing which changes readily.... as kids we used to use 'fabulous' or 'fab' to describe something as good. That's progressed through such interesting periods where 'wicked' and 'bad' were its replacements.

                  All in all, language is communication and i would sooner communicate than fight due to non communication. Sadly though, here in the west, we know that certain ears do not want to hear.

                  Your piece today is not only beautifully penned but extremely provocative. Well done sir!

                  • Michael Edwards

                    I have to agree but I do have a couple of qualifications. Although I can accept that meanings develop and new words enter our language I do balk at the misuse of words. My current obsession is the word 'sat' when it should be 'sitting - if someone locates a seat position for you (at say a wedding) then you were sat at it - ie you were placed there by others. Sadly such incorrect usage can dilute our rich language rather than add to it.

                    The other is the increasing misuse of such words as was and were: Manchester United were celebrating - NO - there is only one Manchester United - Manchester United was celebrating. I hear this sort of error all the time on the TV by, among others, News Readers who should know better. Rant over!!

                    Thanks for your kind words Dusk - your comments are so much appreciated.

                    • dusk arising

                      Each point raised by you is valid. It would appear our language is being 'dumbed down' by misuse. I was very fortunate in being raised by parents who were able to pass on their perfect grammar.
                      As 'wordsmiths' we both adapt and use as befits the occasion. Hearing/reading those who are not able to differentiate and have only use of the incorrect begins to grate less these days.
                      However certain spelling errors i loathe e.g. to where too is correct, quite instead of quiet. I have to be careful though, with age my own spelling is deteriorating.

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                    • FineB

                      Hello Michael,

                      An interesting and awesome poem.

                      The painting is stunning and a lovely combination of colours.

                      Keep writing
                      FineB

                      • Michael Edwards

                        Thanks FB - pleased you like them both.



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