Belisarius

May 21, 2010
By riley... GOLD, Yakima, Washington
riley... GOLD, Yakima, Washington
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Favorite Quote:
"i became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity." edgar allen poe.


Constantinople has fallen!
300,000 dead!
Tear-stained faces of boys in the streets,
The sidewalks all stained red.

There he stands surrounded
By garbage and dead buildings and debree.
This city once known as a spectacle
Has now conceded to its knees.

And he does the same,
In awe of what he's done.
And autocratic embarrassment:
Belisarius, here's what you've won.

What you fought so hard for
Is now vastly lost.
Paused in time, a pillar of excellence,
But what, oh what, was the cost.

The author's comments:
Belisarius was actually one of the most successful generals of the Byzantine Empire. I guess I kind of wrote this as the opposite of what really happened, a satirical scenario of sorts.

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on Aug. 16 2010 at 8:06 pm
AubreyTRieder PLATINUM, Clark, New Jersey
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PLEASE EXCUSE THE ALL CAPS BECAUSE MY ITOUCH DIDNT LET ME UNDO THE ALLCAPS... 

ANYWAY SQUIDZINKPEN'S COMMENT SENT ME AN EMAIL SO I READ THIS AGAIN AND NOTICED ONE SLIGHT SPELLING ERROR... DEBREE SHOULD BE DEBRIS... OTHERWISE ONCE AGAIN ITS GREAT! 


on Aug. 15 2010 at 8:23 pm
squidzinkpen SILVER, Buffalo, New York
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Favorite Quote:
"The Irish gave the Scots the bagpipes as a joke, but the Scots haven't seen the joke yet"- Irish Proverb

Well, something makes me thing this really isn't just about the fall of Constantinople, but I guess that's what poetry is about, making people think. Either way, I enjoyed it, and yet again, I can't use my new critiquing methods because you're a knock out poet. You've foiled me again!

on Jul. 2 2010 at 9:57 pm
AubreyTRieder PLATINUM, Clark, New Jersey
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wow this is really good! i liked it a lot... esp b/c i love history haha! :) and the contradiction of the true events and the happenings of the poem adds a lot of depth to it!

me likey :)

 



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