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Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash. Leonard Cohen

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Guardians of Morality


Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read.  One does not love breathing.

Harper Lee (b. 1926), U.S. author. Scout, in To Kill a Mockingbird, pt. 1, ch. 2 (1960).

It’s for your own protection
We’re doing this for you
These books are filled with vulgar filth
We’ll keep them from your view!

They’re violent and subversive
With pornographic sex
They glorify both drink and drugs
This issue’s not complex

We’re not being prejudicial
Or bigoted, God knows!
Those folks can live their twisted lives
But need we be exposed?

Let’s read about good values!
And let’s all say a prayer
That more folks read their Bible-
No sex or violence there!

image courtesy of American Library Association

5 comments:

Brian Miller said...

ugh...imposing ones values on another is love? i dunno....in my town they put these funny disclaimers in the books that they are morally questionable....idiots...

darev2005 said...

(rolls and rolls and rolls his eyes) Oh yeah... I've had that discussion before. It never turns out well.

Mama Zen said...

The idea of banning books just sickens me!

Fireblossom said...

Oh boy. I say ban the bible! :-P

Rachel Hoyt said...

This is so perfect for the occasion! I love it!! :)