Copyright © 2018 by Marvin Cohen

As for the meaning of life, opinions vary.
One affirms THIS, and the other the contrary.
Everybody has the right to disagree.
Free speech doesn't exact a nominal fee.
You're entitled to what you think.
Even if outlandish, you don't have to blink.
Some opinions are suspiciously attributed to drink,
others even to a way-out drug.
But if you've got the opinion bug,
belligerently affirm it, don't be a slug,
though others accuse you of being a stupid mug.
Democracy advocates free speech.
Take the required liberty, but don't belch a screech
to blast others' ears off; it's open to each,
like a wild wave that floods the surprised beach.
For you, hope that others don't prescribe bleach.