Norman Morrison

April 20, 2011
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On November 2nd, 1965
In a nation of liberty and justice:
The United States of beautiful America
Norman Morrison set himself on fire
outside the Pentagon.
He was thirty-one, left his Quaker faith,
he abandoned his wife, who fell there weeping,
he forgot his three children
and the people left watching him burn.
to live the rest of their lives with no father to return.
He did this in Washington and permanently tainted
the lives of those trying to stop him
because he wanted the others he left behind
to feel the pain of the soldiers.
The names, ages, beliefs, and loves of all American soldiers
are not recorded.
This is what Norman Morrison did.
He soaked himself in petrol.
He chose to burn. He chose to suffer.
He chose to die.
This is what he did.
Leaving his 18 month old Emily behind,
Burning so everyone could see and feel
Giving up a life that every soldier fights for
just so they can hold their baby once again.
He fought for no one and died a no one.
All for a new face of fame, just a flame.
and he became

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Strawberrysunshine22 said...
May 5, 2011 at 8:34 am

I have read this poem by Adrian Mitchell. You just revised it which was a pretty good Idea. Maybe you should try to write your own? :) because I think it would be pretty good If you did. I just really liked the one by adrian mitchell. Read up on the Vietnam war and then write a poem on it. I know you can do it lol :)


Brooke O. replied...
May 5, 2011 at 12:18 pm
Thanks for the feedback! I had originally written the poem, following the guidelines for a Literature project at school. Normally, I enjoy writing my own pieces of poetry versus a parody or edited version of another poet's.
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