We cannot speak of family matters,
dare not speak of sex.
If we name things that we desire,
it’s sure to bring a hex.
Politics? Religion? They really are taboo.
In short, there’s hardly anything I can discuss with you.
Perhaps if we learned languages
that we could speak with hands—
expressions spoken by the deaf
or certain foreign lands,
we’d dare to speak of matters not uttered by the tongue,
and all these censored topics would no longer go unsung.
If we could say everything
that chanced across our mind––
subjects that are touchy,
all those niggling topics formerly kept quiet?
I’ve no doubt the outcome would be chaos, warfare, riot!