The spoken word

According to precise plan

Is not to be trusted.

Oration is a power play

A skilled practice

Designed first to provoke

And then to persuade.

It can short circuit sense



Apart from language chosen

And developed

To make best point,

The power of performance

Delivers to a prescribed end.

Polished oration

Plays our senses

Swamping reason

In a wash of reactive feelings

Deliberately provoked and curried

To precise purpose.


Oratory is a skill

Designed and proven

Over centuries of practice

To disrupt - to influence

To convince.

It has nothing to do

With the message delivered.

With the 'right' words

And a calculated delivery

It is possible to 'sell' anything

To anybody.


Cynthia Buell Thomas

March, 2019




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keith jeffries

Sun 10th Mar 2019 17:48


This poem raises questions about the nature of the word itself. Do you consider oratory to be the clever use of language to manipulate or is merely the ability of some to be more articulate in what they say?

Thank you for this


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Martin Elder

Sun 10th Mar 2019 17:41

I am glad to say that it is a skill that you definitely have Cynthia. when ever I read any of your work I always imagine you reading it in a way that is totally and uniquely yours.

Wonderfully written. Hope to see you soon


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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Sun 10th Mar 2019 15:47

Three versions of this piece dropped out of a notebook, from maybe three years ago. I laughed. And then decided to 'see' what it actually offered, if anything. I often have no clue about the immediate source of an idea when the 'write bug' strikes. But I have long been wary of 'oratory'. Who knows what struck me that day, that I 'had to write' and then forgot about it completely.

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