(in the style of the kids TV show "Make a Wish")
by Ronald Bruce Meyer
23 December 2001

You may think that plain talk's a social affront,
But I'm here to tell you it's keen to be blunt!
To speak truth to power, with candor directed,
May not be the best way to get you elected,
But a man or a woman with blunt-spoken facts
Is the surest foundation for judicious acts.
It is true that the blunt are respectless of rank,
Discourteous, brusque, uncivil and frank.
The blunt can be callous, obtuse, gruff and curt,
Insensitive to the pain from words they blurt,
But to dull the sharp edge of truth's seldom a virtue:
Most words of truth make you strong, though they may hurt you.

A blunt instrument is not pointless for killing--
Nor for grinding of grain as you do for its milling.
In fact, it was John Lyly pointedly said,
That "the finest edge is made with blunt whetstone" wed.
Will Shakespeare had Marc Antony, while dissembling,
Proclaim to the crowds near dead Caesar assembling,
That unlike that sharp-daggered Brutus who ran,
They all knew him well as a plain and blunt man.
So, you see, to be blunt can sway crowds, win acclaim,
Change the course of events -- or, as he did, switch blame!
For Marcus Antonius it paid to be blunt!,
You could be like him, too, if you can bear the brunt.

So make a wish... it might come true.
It's all up to you... it's all up to you!

A blunt is a fencer's foil, for those into sport,
Or a needle with strong point, but rather short.
An angle greater than 90 degrees or obtuse
Is a blunt angle in mathematical use.
There's a pot-laced cigar, called a blunt on the street,
That combines the two weeds, cops inspection to beat.
To be blunted out is full intoxication
On mar-i-ju-ana or drugs of like relation,
Which you pay for with "blunt," what you call ready money,
Makes your reason blunt-witted, as you hunger for honey.

There were sev'ral of hist'ry and lit'rature fame
Who carried the cause with a blunt in their name:
In Shakespeare, as I think that I mentioned before,
Sir Walter Blunt figured in 1 Henry IV.
And a character featured in Richard III,
Crossed the stage as Sir James Blunt, when Will gave the word.
In The Volunteers, Shadwell's Major-General Blunt
Was a patriot true, though he spoke with a grunt.
The director of film whose productions spectacular
Brought such fame that his appellation entered vernacular--
Cecil B. DeMille, though the spelling is no perfect fit,
Had a middle name, Blount, that described him to wit.
A Senator from the first Tennessee delegation,
Who mentored Andrew Jackson, was Will Blount by designation.
I admit that the spelling is likewise out-of-joint--
To be blunt... I was only trying to make a sharp point...!

I made a wish... that it might come true.
If it's all up to me, then what else can I do?

Now, if bluntness is truth, then is sharpness a lie?
If sharp words can cut, then do blunt words reply?
Can speaking up bluntly be speaking truth clearly?
Then how can impolitic bluntness cost dearly?
If I "cut to the chase," have I been sharp or blunt?
Have I been coarse and rude if I say things "up front"?
I confess I'm confused at these contradictory phrases.
To be so perplexed as a wordsmith amazes.
If you think that plain talk's a social affront,
I've already told you it's keen to be blunt.
But let me your extended indulgence solicit,
To propose that the meaning of blunt is implicit
In the ways of the truthful and just of this land.
There's no danger those virtues will get out of hand!

But make a wish... it just might come true.
It's all up to you... it's all up to you!

--Uptight, Late-Night, Stage Fright Ronald, The Duke of Doggerel

Ronald Bruce Meyer is a freelance doggerelist.