“The Jazzman” A Poem

a2a77c54b7a7b15077cf3fe48d11283aHe does his job for next to nothing

But he feels like a rich man in spirit and soul

His language comes without words

Yet we understand it perfectly

All he asks is the we listen

While he pours out his heart

With an instrument of gold

He could not care if the audience is 5 or 500

If he touches one person’s heart

Then he feels his job is complete

Total nudity of the heart, spirit and soul

As he is exposed every time he plays

This is the life of an artist

This is the life of The Jazzman

 

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Censorship Today

 

Are you like me?  Are you tired of being told what is offensive?  You know what, I am and I don’t think I’m alone on this one.  I’ve always been anti-censorship.  I’ve always said, “If you don’t like what you see, just don’t read it, don’t look at it, don’t watch it, just turn the channel.”  Why do we let the views of a few people ruin what others find entertaining?

I get and fully support that things like the “N-word” have no place in society.  Nor do I condone things that are anti-LGBT or prejudice against any ethnic group.  That being said, what I am talking about are things like when a Halloween costume of the character Maui, from the Disney children’s movie “Moana”, gets removed from shelves for being perceived as racial.  A child wanting to dress as a character of another ethnic group and support a character from another ethnic group should be embraced, not shunned!  The child would dress as Maui because he likes that character, not to make fun of an ethnic group.

This would be like in my childhood if a line of “Peanuts” costumes were released and a white child wanted to dress as Franklin.  Or if I were to go a grown-up costume party as Blade or The Black Panther from Marvel Comics.

Isn’t it actually more prejudice to say a white person cannot dress as somebody from another race or ethnic group for Halloween?  I think so.  Would we be offended if a black person or child dressed as Superman for Halloween?

Another example is when Kim Kardashian stripes down for a magazine cover to “break the Internet” and that gets front page headlines and is stuffed down everyone’s throat.  Yet I’m not able to watch “The Dukes of Hazzard” on my TV anymore because somebody finds the flag on the roof of The General Lee offensive.  Truth be told, there is nothing at all offensive with “The Dukes of Hazzard” TV series and if I had kids, I would let them watch it.  I did when I was a kid.

The Kim Kardashian magazine cover, true, I don’t like it and I think it was done to solely keep her in the public eye.  But, I would not make a big fuss about it.  I just wouldn’t buy or read the magazine.   I just wouldn’t try and ruin it for those whom are into her and want to look at her.

All I’m saying is we need to put our “big boy pants on” as a society.  If something offends you, don’t whine and make a fuss about it.  Just change the channel and don’t tell me what I should be offended by.