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   Over the hills and halls of Mount Vernon

I heard voices that cried,

"No taxation without representation!"

And the Tories who lied.



In the monuments and museums and houses

I saw people who dreamed

In the battlefields of blood and of anger

I saw the British get creamed



I saw brave men who died

And children who cried

I heard calls for freedom to vote



I heard lofty appeals

And men with ideals

I read words that the wisest men wrote



Yet it baffles me now

To understand how

These men died for America and why



It's a nation of thugs

And homewrecking drugs

And poor homeless children who cry



Our forefathers tried

But instead they died

If you look closely, I think you'll find:



A nation of crime

And a nation of death

Was not quite what they had in mind.




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beautifulspirit This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 9, 2012 at 3:20 pm:
So true---our nation seems hopelessly flawed some days. Just turn on the news and you'll see a story that breaks your heart. Strong poem~
 
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mightierthanthesword said...
Nov. 23, 2011 at 8:48 am:
Amen! I totally agree 100%. This is great writing. It flowed well, however, some of the rhymming seemed a bit forced. But even the rhymming was good. This is well written, and so true!
 
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william blake said...
Nov. 3, 2011 at 12:46 pm:
please i need more information about the poet short biography
 
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wiseone said...
Oct. 18, 2011 at 9:47 am:
I completly agree with u its funny how gangs claim streets saying it they'res little do they know that the street they are claiming has been there more than 3 generations ago
 
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pvclark said...
Sept. 5, 2011 at 12:52 pm:
Your poem is very well written and quite poignant.  I am working on a project about poems inspired by the American Revolution and would like to read your poem as part of my presentation.  Would that be ok?  I am an adult and an education consultant. 
 
homwork replied...
Oct. 11, 2011 at 5:41 pm :
ey i loved it, can i use it for homework haha !
 
cutielovesmusic replied...
Jan. 18, 2012 at 8:11 pm :
haha i was gunna use this for hmwk......im doin a poen nd this gave meh ideas
 
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TAR11 said...
Jul. 14, 2011 at 5:35 pm:
I like it.  Please check out mine.  From the Hilltop and Anonymous' Inferno if you get the chance.  Thanks! 
 
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WritingGirlKyla14 said...
Jul. 14, 2011 at 10:46 am:

So true! I never thought of it that way! I love it so much!

~K   : )

 
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wannebewriter said...
Jun. 22, 2011 at 9:40 pm:
this is absolutly AMAZING!!! this poem is so true :/ ... keep writing!
 
1234gunner replied...
Oct. 7, 2011 at 11:00 am :
this is the best one
 
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msoccerm345 said...
Jun. 22, 2011 at 9:02 pm:
this is amazing! i absolutely love this. i mean normally i am not into history at all, like its my least favorite subject, or at least it was until this year. but anyway this poem is so true though i dont think everyone in america is like that but a lot of people are and i sometimes think that our fore-fathers would be disappointed in how we are acting now. they gave up so much for us that we sometimes take advantage of. this poem did a wonderful job of really bringing that out in words and maki... (more »)
 
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michaelchavez said...
May 31, 2011 at 9:00 am:
i love this poem it describes america perfectly its all like this in the world but mostly here in the U.S.A. i agree with you
 
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SwishAndFlick63 said...
Mar. 26, 2011 at 9:32 pm:
It's just an opinion in a poem....
 
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Potatoes Are Awesome said...
Jan. 19, 2011 at 11:39 am:
I like the way the form of the poem changed. And the message is very true.
 
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S M Wells said...
Jan. 8, 2011 at 11:48 am:
I take it you are extreamily arigant, impolight and thoughtless. These people have been very grnerous in there prais. And you have faild to give any recignition for there atention. I find that extreamily intolerable. Such selfishness is not likely to help you along your way in life. Nor are people going to like someone so totaly unapriceative. Forgive my poor spelling.
 
IWillDream54 replied...
May 5, 2011 at 2:41 pm :

Really? I agree that those people were amazing and brave and wonderful and we wouldn't be here without them, but I absolutely love this poem. I think it almost GIVES these people respect by saying that they fought so hard for our country and we aren't thanking them properly the way it turned out. I loved this poem, I thought it was amazingly well written and awesome.

 

Keep Writing!!!

 
IWillDream54 replied...
May 5, 2011 at 2:43 pm :
Woops, sorry.. That was supposed to be a regular comment, not a response.. :)
 
MarieAntoinette2012 replied...
Sept. 4, 2012 at 10:11 am :
I think this person is just saying the author should respond to the comments down here.
 
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nicoleintheskywithdiamondsThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 14, 2010 at 8:24 pm:
this is clever and you prove a great point! i wasn't expecting the shift in tone...realllly greaat :)
 
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