Michael Edwards






With elevation of his thoughts

he sketched the course of argument

parenthesising points of view

which any man with chivalry

would not engage or bring to mind

and as he warmed to his debate  

she placed injunctions on his tongue.






  • FredPeyer

    Great poem, Michael. There are times when I realize right after I said it that it was definitely the wrong thing. I guess the lawyer in you is showing through a bit here, especially in the last line! :-)

    • Michael Edwards

      Thank you Fred - yes the counterplay between the last line - a judicial restraining order - and the title - a mild profanity - just made me smile when I was penning what started out as being a very serious piece

    • Goldfinch60

      Good write, we all open our mouths and sometimes wish the thought had come before the words.

      Like the artwork very much.

      • Michael Edwards

        Thanks Andy - we are all guilty of this sometimes

      • orchidee

        Did they 'engage brain before opening mouth?' Good write and pic Michael.

        • Michael Edwards

          Probably the other way round Orchi

        • Fay Slimm.

          Ah clever use of clerical terms in this reminder that danger lies in speaking out of turn - ha - I just love that last line Michael.

          • Michael Edwards

            Didn't think of it in terms of clerical speak but you are right - thanks yet again Fay.

          • Louis Gibbs

            A well executed write, Michael, as only one with your background might be inclined to produce. Reflecting experience, perhaps?

            • Michael Edwards

              Certainly reflects experience - I tend to say nothing these days except: 'Yes my dear!' :) Thanks Louis

            • malubotelho

              O love the simple complexity of your poem and paint. Just the right measure to make one think. Just genius.

              • Michael Edwards

                You're too kind - I admit I'm just something but not sure what :) Thanks so much Malu.

              • malubotelho

                Sometimes we put ourselves at that spot. Hehe 😉

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