Mason Williams, “The Censor”

The censor sits

Somewhere between

The scenes to be seen

And the television sets

With his scissor purpose poised

Watching the human stuff

That will sizzle through

The magic wires

And light up

Like welding shops

The ho-hum rooms of America

And with a kindergarten

Arts and crafts concept

Of moral responsibility

Snips out

The rough talk

The unpopular opinion

Or anything with teeth

And renders

A pattern of ideas

Full of holes

A doily

For your mind

-Mason Williams


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