Bully Pulpit


You forget I am a writer,

a decipherer of words —

word, and their intentions.

Sarcasm, for example,

finds its roots in Greek.

Sarkasmos: to tear flesh, bite the lip in rage.

And rage has its roots in fear.


Is fear what makes a bully

hide behind keystrokes and keywords?

©2015, Jen Payne, #18 National Poetry Month
Image: The Seven Deadly Sins, Anger, Erte

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