American Revolution This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

   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.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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Still_Waters26 said...
Oct. 1, 2010 at 9:22 pm
true, very true...American's morality is slipping, I can hear our forefathers banging on the lids of their graves.  i like the british, though :).
mimirocks124 said...
Sept. 9, 2010 at 4:52 pm
very clever. i relly liked it
inspir3d This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 18, 2010 at 8:54 pm

good rhythem, great meaning. but dreamed-creamed? really?

better no rhyme than a forced rhyme. But i liked the poem, nice work!

Jellybean9898 said...
Jul. 5, 2010 at 3:07 pm
omg this is so true.  i love it!  so deep, such strong meaning!  omg, keep it up that was brilliant
jkcoolz said...
May 22, 2010 at 8:38 pm
very strong meaning
*StandardToaster* said...
May 22, 2010 at 2:41 pm
wow.  so powerful and true.  i love it. check out my work?
BeautyFromPain said...
Apr. 30, 2010 at 6:38 pm
So incredibly truthful. Sad, so very sad, that they fought for what? The drugs, the disobedience, the unjustice...
Eric D. said...
Apr. 30, 2010 at 9:29 am
good poem. And truthful
spitfire213 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 8, 2010 at 8:29 pm
could not be truer. im glad someone has a grasp on the world we live in.
dominicana said...
Apr. 8, 2010 at 8:22 pm
i love  this poem its amazing
Eilatan This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 8, 2010 at 6:49 pm
emilyanne said...
Apr. 8, 2010 at 3:58 pm
wow.. this is deep. nicely put. good job. 
ZAVERY said...
Apr. 4, 2010 at 2:23 pm
Oh... 0_0 Those are alot of exclamation marks... Sorry. :C
ZAVERY said...
Apr. 4, 2010 at 2:23 pm
This is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!... (more »)
mushroomhugger101 said...
Feb. 23, 2010 at 2:40 pm
wow so true and so nicely written
kimmycakes said...
Jan. 10, 2010 at 10:58 pm
omg this is really good...i can basically see why he wrote it it was good!!
PurpleMidnight said...
Nov. 27, 2009 at 1:43 pm
This is awesome! I wish everyone, especially congress, had a chance to read this. It's tremendous! Thank you for voicing what so many of us think
Sally replied...
Nov. 30, 2009 at 5:46 pm
ok this makes no sence
Sabe88 replied...
Dec. 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm
This poem mentions the bad things of America. Why did you not feel the need to include those. This poem, to me, says that you are not happy with America and that you are a pessimist. If you are this set against America, you should try to fix it full-roundedly or get out of this 'nation of crime and thugs'!!!
mwatt12 replied...
Dec. 19, 2009 at 7:10 pm
It's not about everything that is bad with America, not from my perspecitve. I saw it as being about the deterioration of our society from what our Founding Fathers intended. I thought it was amazing and I completely agree with the poet. Epic win.
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