Another view

The hero made his

speech on behalf of

those eternally asleep. And

as he was congratulated,

a protest voice was

heard, urgent and strident.

The hero walked away.

The follower heard the

speech and was moved

beyond expression. The tears

had not yet dried

when the discordant voice

echoed through the hall.

The follower reacted unkindly.

The protester heard the

speech but launched the

attacked anyway, causing clamour

and chaos at the

back of the hall.

They led the protester

peaceably away all the

while shouting: Let the

children play! Hear me!

Much later, some distance

removed, the scene was

replayed over air waves

and through public print.

Many gawped and oohed

at the brazen attempt

to spoil this memorial

to all those fallen.

And bitterness was spewed

against the protester and

their right to exercise

what was tragically spilled

all those decades ago.

A poll was had

and the results debated

along with the merits

and miscarriage conceived by

the faulted actions of

the protest. Did they

have the right if

that right included condemnation

of the blood sacrifice

made. Many agreed with

the pedagogue who cleverly

stated the prevailing case,

in almost orthodox fashion.

Which sort of left

me wondering: is it

right to be heard

or just seen and

not heard at all?

I fear I may

be misguided or even

wrong. But deep within

me, I just rebel

at the thought of

others telling me what

to do just because

they claim the right

or exercise the power.

 

© 2017 L. Tafa

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Author: b20f08

I enjoy solo wargaming and writing. The first caters to the boy that never grew up; the latter satisfies a deep desire to communicate. Cheers.

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