We Seem to Have Lost the Idea of Moderation

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We Seem to Have Lost the Idea of Moderation

 

(Adapted from a newspaper article on the recent suicide of Australian Gavin Wilson amid protests at drag queens reading stories to kids)

 

 

Our responses to issues

Need to be fast and emphatic

The time to make considered decisions

Sacrificed for the sake of speed and severity

 

We are pushed to the limit

In this era of extreme views

And have lost the idea of moderation

 

Opinions need to be supercharged and to be heard

We've pushed so far to the extreme flanks

That we're finding it hard to return to the centre

So obsessed we are with opposing forces on the left and right

We have lost all sense of direction

 

Gavin Wilson committed suicide

From an accumulation of extremist ideas

 

That some have actually used his death

As just another opportunity to score points

Against their opponents

Is the most pitiful thing in this sorry mess

 

But that's what we've come to

 

His family released a statement

It was considered and compassionate

Quiet, not shouting

Forgiving, not laying blame

 

It's a lesson for us all

 

Don Matthews January 2020

 

 

 

 

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poemagraphic

Wed 22nd Jan 2020 16:18

Thankyou Cynthia and Po. I am surprised there has not been more comments from others on this.......

Nope I am not surprised at all... Worse than that DON

I did not expect this many lol.

Quality mate rather than quantity, that's what I aim for.

I hardly ever get either if I'm honest mate...

Time perhaps to explore pastures new

Po

Thoughts/comments on a postage stamp to...

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Don Matthews

Mon 20th Jan 2020 21:56

Thankyou Cynthia and Po. I am surprised there has not been more comments from others on this.......

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poemagraphic

Mon 20th Jan 2020 20:44

Sad days Don.

The world is crying for our help and all we can do is mock.

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Mon 20th Jan 2020 10:20

Well considered; well said; much needed.

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