Fahrenheit 451


You can burn the books,

You can burn the man,

You can burn the woman,

You can burn the young,

You can burn the old,

You can burn their goods, bought and sold.


But you cannot burn minds,

You cannot burn the heart,

You cannot burn the spirit or the soul.

You can’t delete with kerosene

Love, hope and all that’s in between.

You cannot burn the memory, not yet;

A culture does not easily forget.

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Stephen Gospage

Mon 18th Oct 2021 21:17

Thank you for your kind comment, Keith. Yes, I know the one you are referring to. And Pete, I know exactly what you mean! Thanks again.

I love Ray Bradbury's book and its dystopian vision of a bookless future.

And thanks to Ray and Holden for liking this poem.

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keith jeffries

Mon 18th Oct 2021 18:44

An interesting poem which reminds me of the poem: they for the communists but I was not a communist, then they came for the........ and so on. Yet every word of this poem is true.

Thank you for this


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Pete (edbreathe)

Mon 18th Oct 2021 16:36

That’s great, do you ever get to the end of writing a poem and think, where did that come from.?
I do every time 🤣

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