Newspeak During a hearing held on October 13, Senator Hirono informed Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett that the term “sexual preference” is now offensive even though Hirono herself and the late Justice Ginsberg have used the term extensively. Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary has now labeled the term “offensive.” Senator Hirono prefers “sexual orientation.” I’m sick of the skewing and twisting and trashing Of words to the point of the harshest tongue-lashing From government hijacking straightforward meaning To hold up our speech to political screening. Now shading the truth is alternative fact Emotional rape has replaced lack of tact Plain person is used---never female or fella A poor homeless soul is an alfresco dweller A streetwalking strumpet’s a sex care provider A sponsor of ALL lives---a racial divider A cop-killing thug is a top freedom fighter And peaceful protester has overthrown rioter. Since Judge Coney Barrett has opened her mouth The skewing of language has slipped further south. Her crime was to mention the term sexual preference--- Considered so bad, now the lexicon’s reference Informs us those words are no longer PC (They’re banned by tyrannical powers that be) For nobody’s drawn to a partner through choice--- In matters of mating, we don’t have a voice. It’s futile to argue, no need to get nettled, We don’t pick our lovers---the science is settled… Though only for those with whom THEY disagree--- A mind of one’s own is now called bigotry. Susan Jarvis Bryant is a church secretary and poet whose homeland is Kent, England. She is now an American citizen living on the coastal plains of Texas. Susan has poetry published in the UK webzine, Lighten Up On Line, The Daily Mail, and Openings (anthologies of poems by Open University Poets).