Uppercase Hyperbole

Uppercase Hyperbole

A Poem by Linda Marie Van Tassell
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Noise proves nothing. Often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she laid an asteroid. ~ Mark Twain

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Sound the alarm!  It’s time to panic!
Unhinge the senses and send a text.
Tweeter on Twitter, full-blown manic,
and set a fire for the doubly-vexed.

Apocalyptic conversations
are full of nothing, empty and vague.
Upend the world and all its nations.
Quick!  It is coming, another plague!

An existential threat is at hand.
We must scream a little bit louder;
for, if we shout, they will understand.
Words are to wounds as guns to powder.

I don’t care to hear the other side.
They are idiots in denial.
Carbon emissions are amplified,
and we must ramp up the damn dial.

This is the paradox of our time:
the louder we shout, the less we hear.
The more we distort, the less we prime
the will of a once listening ear.

The more we hype the truth, as we know,
the less likely we are bound to bend.
This partisan scourge, a body blow,
must come to naught for our own good end.

All good men must sit at the table.
Good women must participate too.
Be respectful, mindful, and able
to listen to those in front of you.

We can have the most beautiful world,
the most beautiful world ever seen,
a heaven-on-earth world, a dreamworld,
absolution in gardens of green.


© 2019 Linda Marie Van Tassell


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hear hear young lady! i agree 100% ... quite with the dividing (who needs Russia - we do it ourselves) it's shameful how the Democrats from day one have gone off the cliff with accusation after accusation after accusation and so far all to the tune of no evidence and millions and million s of tax dollars spent and worthwhile Bills languishing in the House ... disgusting says i! i feel this poem to the quick my friend! if someone wants President Donald Trump out of the White House then vote ... its not that far away eh!? sheesh!! the rhetoric is viscous, vitriolic hate mongering without substance ... stop stop stop says i! please!!!!!!!!! >;[
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ps. thanks for the forum Linda! ;)

Posted 1 Year Ago


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Linda Marie Van Tassell

1 Year Ago

I didn't support Trump nor did I support Hillary. For the first time, I opted not to vote. Since T.. read more
Einstein Noodle

1 Year Ago

I am Independant and voted for him .. he does say things off the cuff that are usually exagerated an.. read more
Linda Marie Van Tassell

1 Year Ago

I totally agree with you. :-)



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Your poem illustrates just what politics is in this Country of ours! Opposites, each shouting their heads off with countering arguments! Ugh! How I hate it!

Posted 1 Year Ago


Linda Marie Van Tassell

1 Year Ago

Yes, it is awful. It makes me want to stop the planet and get off.
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JTD
You chose such a great caricature to go with your poem. I like the way you presented both sides without picking a side but gave the solution - to listen. If one's only recourse is to shout the other side down, they have already lost the argument.

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Linda Marie Van Tassell

1 Year Ago

Thank you, JTD.
This very well rhymed offering is a portrait of our current period of history. It captures exactly the pedal to the metal hysteria of our electronic media and the mania/paranoia it engenders. It also notes the extreme partisanship we hear in our politics, where the other side is not just wrong, they're evil! The last two verses are a plea for sanity and calm, but I fear they are falling on deaf ears. Once the trolls and zealots get hold of the microphone, the devil himself can't pry it out of their hands.

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Linda Marie Van Tassell

1 Year Ago

I worry that we are lost as well but have to have faith that we're not. Climate change is nothing c.. read more
I suppose it's always been an us and them world. I agree with everything you say here. Perhaps there's a mob mentality when it comes to politics. Perhaps the web has created more of a mess than what was intended. Time will tell for sure.

Nice one, and great picture. :)

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Linda Marie Van Tassell

1 Year Ago

Thank you, Relic. There has always been an us and a them. What we are lacking is the mutual respec.. read more
somebody listened once....many moons ago ....back in the 60's...we spoke as one...face to face...

now tweeting, twittering, and texting...the three T's make for tech fools....we are losing touch with what is important...
the grasses are no longer greener anywhere...a tough world we are in ....too crazy and not enough involve...
our leaders need to sit down and really listen to each other and compromise...because the people who elected them to serve are the ones who are being neglected.
power in this write...

Peace!
j.

Posted 1 Year Ago


Linda Marie Van Tassell

1 Year Ago

Thank you, Jacob. I long for the days when we had three news stations (ABC, CSB, and NBC), and the .. read more
jacob erin-cilberto

1 Year Ago

me too...our old newscasters relayed the news, they weren't trying to be celebrities....
and .. read more
Linda Marie Van Tassell

1 Year Ago

I concur. Truly the only way to maintain your sanity is to turn off the noise. I prefer to read th.. read more
' .. .. Be respectful, mindful, and able to listen to those in front of you. '

Such a powerful and undoubtedly sincere poem, start to finish. You've used perfect phrasing and meter, wrapped your opinions and emotions in a long and worthy poem that really does touch me deeply.

If only those with the loud, ranting behaviour spent time in thinking, using whatever logic they can muster, plus - good and bad examples from the past.. they just might achieve some peace on our planet. Seems leaders and whichever party they belong to are purely weapons to achieve victory over their rivals.. little or nothing done for the electorate.

Was said by someone - just can't recall who: the wise leader is the person who speaks so softly that listeners have to draw closer and thus, watch his eyes and lips as he speaks.

Many thanks for yet again stirring my thoughts on this topic.

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Linda Marie Van Tassell

1 Year Ago

So good to see you, Emma. I've missed your visits; and likewise, visiting you. It's hard to broach.. read more
emmajoy

1 Year Ago

How very, very true. Seems those in whatever power these days wield their status like a weapon. Wh.. read more
Linda Marie Van Tassell

1 Year Ago

"When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser"
- Socrates

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Poetry has been my passion since I was about fifteen years old, and I love the structure of rhyme and meter moreso than just randomly throwing words upon a page without any form whatsoever. Whi.. more..

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