To Speak is to Live

Teresa Harrison-Best wrote this poem following the atrocities in Paris on Wednesday.  

She has written it as a tribute to the people who lost their lives because they chose freedom over tyranny. May they Rest in Peace …


To Speak is to live

You can burn me, shoot me, hunt me down,
you can never take my voice.
You can threaten me with untold things,
you must make your choice.

You think your violence shuts me up,
you should think again.
You think that weapons fight your cause,
you see them as a friend.

You blame me for my right to speak,
you spurn my chosen words.
You stifle freedom with your gun,
you think you will subvert.

You have no right to punish me,
you act without God’s will.
You stand alone in what you say,
you win because you kill?

You castigate me for my views,
you think you can supress.
You, my friend, have lost the war
as I will not be oppressed.


Written by: Teresa Harrison-Best

About the author

Teresa H-B
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Happily married with three grown up children. Proud grandmother to six and enjoying every minute. I had my first book published several years ago called Catawall, fluent in feline. Recently I had a children's book published, Mackerel and the Jolly Daisy, scourge of the high seas, published by i2i Publishing, I am a prolific writer about many things and often post on both my own FB page and the FB page for Catawall. I am a great advocate for animals and anyone less fortunate than myself.

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10th Jan 2015
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Agreeing 100% with all you have said.
10th Jan 2015
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A beautiful piece and it wish the world could show more tolerance. Long live the written word!
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So true, powerful too.
9th Jan 2015
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Very true. We must let our voices be heard, the pen must be mightier than the sword.
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