Words Are Not For Wasting

Angela, O Angela

Don’t call people ‘scum’

Abusive language does no good

Does not help anyone


Perhaps you were playing to the gallery

Safe among your own

Or boosting your street cred

With language so forlorn


But think on this young lady

Bad example to the young

Creates a foul and abusive air

Turns our discourse into dung


The man is a public schoolboy

Never been known to want

Never experienced poverty

Privilege his camp


Jesus said ‘whited sepulcre’

About folk who were corrupt

Strong language powerful image

Its eloquence abrupt


But just to abuse the person

Is a sorry waste of time

Use your language well old girl

Bad language is a crime


Brian Fahy

26 September 2021

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