How much of thinking is shut down
By another's strong words?
If we want to get to the message,
We should examine the words we heard.
There are people of great passion
Who will burn with the hottest flame.
After the first fire burns down,
We must ask what message remains.
Are their words just kindling,
Simply a showy flash in the pan?
Or is their hottest passion a fuel
For pursuing a crafted plan?
We must look at their lives,
The examples they have set before,
Prior to allowing their impassioned
Speeches to enter our minds' doors.
We must remember that Herr Hitler
Was a man of impassioned speech.
His rage-filled rhetoric shut down the brain,
And it had a terribly far reach.
A screaming child is sent to the room
Until they collect their thoughts,
But we continue to ignore all the destruction
Adult bravado has wrought.
A snarling person, like a barking dog
Is something to be feared;
The real message their words carry
Is that we have come too near.
So often people snarl to ward us off
From discovering their truths,
But backing off is not the same
As rendering them moot.
All the passion pulls others in
To a mindless, soulless pack,
Until the numbers are sufficient
For them to feel strong enough to attack.
And there are so many others
Whose lives are lived in fear;
Their paranoia is activated by
The angry words they hear.
What can we do with excess passion
That flies in the face of reason?
By allowing the angry to lead the world,
We commit intellectual and emotional treason.
Why do we refuse to listen to
Those who speak soft and true?
When will we stop surrendering
To the loudest and most abusive few?
It is difficult to sit silently,
Listening and comprehending,
But until we learn respectful discourse,
The violence will have no ending.