Speech and Berate

by Sanah Bhardwaj



speech and berate


claim, warrant, solvency

claim

claims to help the silenced find their voice


that voice is irrelevant when the judge makes their choice


claims to uphold every minority


but every round is about our own superiority


claims to open up doors to opportunity


the door held ajar reveals a toxic community

warrant

is there a warrant for the virulency that young debaters feel?


when their opponent has a heart of steel


is there a warrant for their confusion?


when the debate they once loved became an activity of exclusion


is there a warrant for the constant criticism?


perpetuated by this community of egoism

solvency

every inherency has a solution


so let’s affirm the resolution


debate ought to be a welcoming place


where the thought of oration excites, regardless of class or race


debate ought to teach


to encompass and underscore the power of speech


debate ought to embrace


not turn the beauty of words into a rat race


debate ought to empower


so our youth no longer duck and cower

claim, warrant, solvency


speech and debate

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