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Beware of Bridges

by Brian Francis

If you call a man a fool and make him doubt himself
Sequester all his pride Even damaging his health
Battling in a war of words you choose the insult game
Yet the claims are absurd and here we go again
Another round you are champion of the profound

Cyber daggers thrown from behind your mask and cape
You imagine everybody laughing as you spew your hate
A well thought out soliloquy but lies form your debate
It is seen in the color of your words and they define you
Though hidden truth is revealed because words bind too

When a warrior steps up someone who knows their words
Possessing facts and figures making you sound absurd
Oh yes those wounds cut deep they seem to haunt and bother
Deprive you of sleep, they get the likes for what they say
And you get anger or a laughing face but that’s okay

There is always another fight waiting on the next frame
you play the troll causing upset appears your main goal
Talk about their kid and watch the anger as it grows
The useless consternation as you fan their flames
For you the joy is simply found in causing so much pain


Posted on 09/08/2018
Copyright © 2024 Brian Francis

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Glenn Currier on 09/08/18 at 03:17 PM

Brian, thank you for putting into poetic terms the near horror of some of our public discourse... well maybe discourse is not the right word. Maybe "pollution" would be more apt. Your poem pierces deep especially when speaking of the "adults'" children. It seems tragic and your words reveal the tragedy. Thanks again for this artful piece.

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 09/10/18 at 05:03 PM

Thought provoking reflection of the social media scene, Brian. One has to be very careful in choosing their words, though some really don't care. Title works well also as a metaphor or better cyber metaphor.

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