Fahrenheit 451

Find the nearest book (of any kind). Turn to page 8. Use the first ten full words on the page in a poem. You may use them in any order, anywhere in the poem.


(From Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. First 14 words, in order, two at a time.)

Clarisse McClellan to Guy Montag:

DO YOU have a conscience?
MIND IF you answer that first.
I ASK because of the things you’ve done.
HOW LONG’VE your true feelings been submersed?
YOU WORKED at your profession for 10 years,
AT BEING a censor, a judge, and an executor.
A FIREMAN should be the one to prohibit the destruction, save that which is precious, and not play the censorship’s suitor.

“Those who don’t build must burn.”
It’s not too late to turn.
To the days of free-thinking we can return.
That is the passion that each of us may yearn.
And in turn, discern the concern that a new era can be born.

Censor not.
Judge not.
This court is adjourned.

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