i bought this gum
because is was $1.00 and it was sugarless.
it also read “truth or dare – censored”
on the front of the package
and like a 13 year-old
i couldn’t resist seeing what it was all about.
inside the package
each piece of gum
was wrapped in a series
of fill-in-the-blank sentences
meant to be provocative in some way
with some of the words ‘censored’ out.
i thought that i must have been the only one to buy this
because it was on sale and there was still a full shelf of it left
until i went to lunch and shared it with my friends
and one told me
that she had bought the “uncensored” version for her office.
what? i mean #$% what?
“the only valid censorship of ideas is the right of people not to listen”
– tom smothers, 1960s