Sword or Pen

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What is mightier...the sword or pen?
If words fall on deaf ears, what then?
If the written word is always ignored.
Can you justify the use of the sword?
What is more effective, blood or ink?
What makes people sit up and think?
When to every word you get no reply.
Is the threat of the sword worth a try?
Can you win battles with pen in hand?
Or is it just the sword they understand.
If the written page gets you nowhere.
Should your sword cut through the air?
Two weapons of choice, mine would be.
A pen to hold...never the sword for me.


◄ Courage


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Mike Bartram

Tue 4th May 2021 18:40

Thank you for the thoughtful and kind comments.

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Stephen Gospage

Tue 4th May 2021 16:07

Your poem shows that the pen does a pretty good job, Mike.

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M.C. Newberry

Mon 3rd May 2021 20:48

Recalling Churchill's mastery of words - spoken and written - I recall the comment attributed to an American observer that he "marshalled the English language and sent it to war". I am not being entirely
frivolous in remembering another vein altogether - that in Germany
written pornography was banned whilst the pictorial sort was not.
An interesting connection that surely shows how words can be
feared for any type of reason when it comes to controlling the
minds of others.

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