Acceptable Behaviour

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic
This is a poem about censorship, self-censorship, gullibility, stupidity and the influence we have, however unwittingly, on those around us.

Submitted: June 04, 2013

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Somebody said I could smack my bitch;

So I did.

She called the police.

I said, ‘Hey, man! They said I could!

It’s all over the TV!’

But they punished me.

They took my bitch away.

 

I saw some guys on horses shooting guns.

It looked like fun.

So I robbed a bank;

Got arrested by the Man.

I said, ‘Hey, man! They did it!

Those guys on the TV!’

But they punished me.

Purloined my liberty.

 

I saw a guy in a suit,

Who said, ‘You can’t shoot

Or beat or throw bottles in the street!’

I said, ‘Hey, man! Those guys on the TV!

They did it! Why not me?

He said, ‘Man! They’re not real!

They’re just part of the deal.

Just cause it’s on the screen,

 

Doesn’t mean

You can do these things!

It’s just not right!’

So I looked him in the eye,

Kind of tough, like a bad guy,

And said ,’Hey, man!

Don’t tell me what is true!

I’ve seen the news, man!

I’ve seen the news!’


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