Phrase that Kills

Phrase that Kills

A Poem by barleygirl
"

certain words are show stoppers

"

When your fierce reply begins:
“With all due respect . . .”
nothing respectful follows.
(That’s what I suspect).


Bracing for the diatribe
that’s bound to reject
gentle words offered before.
(That’s the net effect).


So why not just kill me now?
Spare us the train wreck.


© 2016 barleygirl



Author's Note

barleygirl
"With all due respect" . . . often a sign the speaker is not much of a listener.

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Point duly taken! “Word” as they say in NYC when speaking of truth. Clever, ascerbic gem of a poem with a message that cuts the pompous rhetoric off at the knees...superbly eloquent with great style and form, flow, cadence, rhyme. The image says it well. Kudos Margie!:)

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

5 Months Ago

Thank you for digging up this old rant! Nowadays my least favorite idiom: "the fact of the matter is.. read more
Annette Pisano-Higley

5 Months Ago

It’s a great piece and so timely even though written prior.:)



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Point duly taken! “Word” as they say in NYC when speaking of truth. Clever, ascerbic gem of a poem with a message that cuts the pompous rhetoric off at the knees...superbly eloquent with great style and form, flow, cadence, rhyme. The image says it well. Kudos Margie!:)

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

5 Months Ago

Thank you for digging up this old rant! Nowadays my least favorite idiom: "the fact of the matter is.. read more
Annette Pisano-Higley

5 Months Ago

It’s a great piece and so timely even though written prior.:)
The diatribe which you describe,
is somewhere we’ve all been.
With hackles right for flight or fight,
we stand our ground again.

Each time we think, ‘does that not stink’.
Reach in the bag for what a poet craves,
And draw a squared-off curve in the design,
To show the folly of rejected saves.

But save the wreck of all those trains,
Now hurtling through the maze?
No chance of that. Respect falls flat,
When starting with that phrase.


Posted 7 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

7 Months Ago

There's so much talk these days that stifles any possible coming together with understanding, it see.. read more
Norbanus

7 Months Ago

Your poem did such a good job of dragging that obscenity out of its hiding place, that I just had to.. read more
"Phrase that Kills"
barleygirl,
The word respect carries a great deal of power. Who gets the respect? Who deserves the respect? The phrase is a way sometimes of manipulating a conversation and preventing truth from coming out. Sometimes................
Your poem was a great analytical and short get to the point piece and really liked it!
Blessings,
Kathy

Posted 7 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

7 Months Ago

Sometimes I listen to the news discussions & just noticing the way people use words that discourage .. read more
Solemnly Swear
An action-packed suspense thriller that explores the fragile balance between justice and self-preservation.
Wow. This is poetry my dear friend.
"So why not just kill me now?
Spare us the train wreck."
I have known and I understand the above lines. I caused train wrecks and I received the due karma in return. Thank you for sharing the outstanding poetry.
Coyote

Posted 8 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

8 Months Ago

Yeah, I also did a diatribe now & then (or maybe six per week!) way back in my mouthy days. I love t.. read more
Coyote Poetry

7 Months Ago

You are welcome dear friend.
Wittingly perceived

Great Read

Matthew

Posted 8 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

8 Months Ago

Thanks for reading & sharing (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie
Matthew Kult

8 Months Ago

You are welcome

Matthew
Another great observation, perfectly articulated. There's a ton of em I find irritating, I'm afraid...Actually that is one of em. Excepting the obvious, I dont like new speak either. Double hug...N

Posted 8 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

8 Months Ago

So many more have been added to our constant public diatribe since I posted this over a year ago! Th.. read more
With all due respect. You just stand there till i think of something nice to say.
Okay could you maybe come back tomorrow. I'm bound to have thought of something by that time. lol

Posted 10 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

8 Months Ago

Sorry I didn't reply to your review . . . must have been one of those times I was checked out & clue.. read more
Paul Bell

8 Months Ago

Twitter boy. lol
Yaasss!! Add "having said that...." *snort* dead give-aways to those who know how to listen between the lines....

Posted 10 Months Ago


New King James Version. (Proverbs 26:20-21)

Posted 10 Months Ago


Aye, I think I know what you are talking about here. Come to think of it I realise there are so many times time when I come across a lot of people who said this and followed it up with their high and mighty talk trying to thrash my argument on a particular topic, without even having given an ear to what I even mentioned. Some times they are so interested to talk about what they have to say they forget that listening will actually help them more. and the best part when they spout all that nonsense and it takes me just a few lines to tear them apart... they realise that they just messed with the wrong guy here. I can't tolerate such people who a) disrespect the other person by not paying any heed to him/her and b) they spout all sorts of nonsensical talk and just because they use some hi-phi words they seem to think of themselves as very intellectual and knowledgeable people Another word which I think has a similar effect where it's trying to convey "Hey I am going to attack you right now..." would be "Please don't mind" Very irritating because usually what follows next after that are questions which seem to give the illusion that they are showing compassion when really all they are trying to do is invade the personal space and try to know more "things" about the person for them to gossip about later on..... Thank you for sharing

P.S. Sorry for venting out like this and not talk much about the poem as such but I guess just brought back memories of a few events I hated a lot.

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Érenn

2 Years Ago

You're welcome, I most certainly enjoyed this one( in a different manner) Unfortunately when I end u.. read more
barleygirl

2 Years Ago

Even tho I write a poem saying: "I hate when people do this" . . . the next day, I watch myself doin.. read more
Carol Cashes

10 Months Ago

Oh, barleygirl, you just made me laugh out loud. Too many times we are the very things we hate. Hu.. read more

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