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A Need To Know

Hey, you there !
Who me ?
Yes, you.
Are you going somewhere ?
What business is it of yours ?
Pray, do tell, sire !
Do I have to have your consent ?
Is it your business of that,
where I am bound,
have been or went ?

I do not have to tell you !
In fact, I do not have to tell
you anything.
Not even the time.
Ask all you want,
answers you will not
get.
I do not care who you
are, what you are, as
my privacy,
I have a right to.

Privacy and my own
counsel,
I shall maintain.
I have done nothing wrong
and therefore I shall
not let you invade or
pressure my brain.

Freedom is priceless
and to be free as a bird
flies about the sky,
is the way I see it,
with no if's, buts,
there is no asking why.

So, I may be obstreperous,
aloof in my attitude,
but my principles and
rights in my life,
I shall not forego.
Call me what you will,
but my freedom is my
right and I shall adopt
the stance of a need
to know.
Yes, I need to know.
You, do not need to
know !

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Submitted by victor_j on October 12, 2012

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Victor Gatenby

My name is Victor John Gatenby, born in 1958 and native of North Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom. I am a researcher of genealogy and started to write poetry in 2002, after retiring from public service. Having a creative and compassionate mind, for helping people, that is in my scope to do, I find that by writing poetry, not only expresses my life thoughts, but I feel, gives meaning and inspiration to others. Whether it be fictional or based on fact, the poetry I write will always be read differently and have a differing meaning from one person to the next. My aim is to give a pleasure to the reader without the poetry being too complex or deep, so as not to be understood or enjoyed. Much of my poetry is based upon life events and perceptions. I find that works well and I can draw upon my own experiences, to put into poetry, a literary art form.Those that read my poetry, I hope gain something from it and enjoy reading the same. At the same time, I am committed to contributing to Poetry.com and it's community, by reading the work of other's and appropriately recording constructive criticism and rating work, without prejudice. I expect my work to be critiqued also with respect and common sense. I have a zero tolerant attitude towards any inappropriate work, words, remarks etc.V J Gatenby (Author) more…

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