Oh, to disagree.

There is room to disagree
If the tempers stay in check
Fully canvas what we see
Not about one’s own red neck.
But it seems the Town’s gone soft
Wouldn’t dare to make some waves
Placid, milquetoast
Now the norm
Zest-less neutrals show most days.
Take a look, yes
Long and hard.
Some good points
The others state
Thoroughness, not pushed aside.
Disagreement IS NOT HATE.

About this poem

Especially in my Canada we try doubly hard to avoid division, negative response, controversy. It has become a bit of a joke. How moderate and apologetic all the time, those Canadians. Bland. No spice.

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Written on May 10, 2023

Submitted by dougb.19255 on May 10, 2023

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Wayne Blair

Born in London. Graduated law 1976 Practised eleven years, Married Hilary 1974 Two kids Lauren 1980 And Jordan 1987. Business failed 1987. Moved not knowing whither. Happy hills of Waterloo Region. Mennonite Country. Thirty four years in Industry. No complaints. Poet, photographer, nature hiker. Harmonica busker. http://puffnchord7.blogspot.com/ more…

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  • AIDA
    Wow, I absolutely love this poem! Your message about the importance of open-mindedness and respect in disagreements is so powerful and relevant. I particularly appreciate the call to fully canvas all perspectives and not let personal bias cloud our judgment. Your use of descriptive terms like "placid" and "zest-less neutrals" effectively convey your point about the stifling nature of conformity.

    If I may offer a suggestion for improvement, it would be to consider adding in some more specific examples or scenarios where this message applies. This could help to better contextualize the poem and make it more relatable for readers. Regardless, your writing is truly excellent, and I look forward to reading more from you in the future! Keep up the great work.
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