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Rob Slane: Ode to hurt


I’m hurting I am, and I want you to know,
That the pain I am feeling, isn’t likely to go.
I’m hurting I am, it’s your opinions you see,
I just can’t accept them, I do not agree.

D’you not pay attention, d’you not see the news?
This post-modern world has no place for your views.
They’re outdated, outmoded, outrageous no doubt,
And lots, lots more words beginning with out.

Reactionary, Dark Ages, Stone Age repression,
And other assorted clichéd expressions.
That’s what I think of your bigoted rants,
Which contrast so starkly with my own tolerance.

You’ve made me so angry, so hurt, even bitter,
What can I do, but to go onto Twitter?
Hashtag #BigotedIntolerantPhobe,
Said something that hurt me, so I’m telling the globe.

I’ll put it on Facebook, Instagram too,
The world needs to know the pain caused by you.
Pain that keeps giving and won’t find relief,
For I simply can’t cope with a different belief.

But being free-thinking, I’m perfectly fine,
That others have thoughts that are different to mine.
I must draw the line though, with views such as yours,
Against which there really ought to be laws.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m 100 per cent,
Committed to free speech and the right to dissent.
But it’s Twenty-Sixteen and I can’t understand,
Why opinions like yours still haven’t been banned.

The law ought to treat them as Hate Crimes, it should,
Then you’d have to keep them all up in your head, yes you would.
And not only Hate Crimes, but Hurt Speech I say,
On account of them really upsetting my day.

Enough is enough, I’m really perturbed,
My tolerant nature has been greatly disturbed.
From now on I beg keep your views well hid,
Did I tell you they hurt me, yes you hurt me you did.

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Rob Slane
Rob Slane
Rob is married to Alina, and they live with their six children in Salisbury. He blogs regularly at

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